Mythology Of Mt. St. Helens--Part 4B Picture


Glossary--Part 4B

Genii (Water Elemental)

Cannibal Mist/Water of western North America

Etymology: Oregon & Washington coastal and Cascade’s.

Variant Names: Also called Seatco, but only resides at Spirit Lake and the Mount St. Helens area.

Physical Description: Water or mist. Can grow up to 12 miles long, has multiple arms and multiple mouths. Able to hypnotize people, mimic sounds and voices and cause delusion.

Behavior: Highly aggressive. Can cause injury and death, recent tells state that the genii (Seatco) tends to ‘test’ its victims and either scare them or cause bodily harm/even death.

Significant Sighting: The Genii was first recorded by Paul Kane in his journeys in the west.

Loowit (Human Elemental)

Spirit of Mount St. Helens

Etymology: Washington

Variant Names: Lawelatla (One From Whom Smoke Comes), Louwala-Clough (Smoking Mountain), Tah-one-lat-clah (Fire Mountain), Loo-wit (Keeper Of The Fire)

Physical Description: Before transformation, she was an old woman of a dead tribe. After transformation, she was turned into a young woman of about 20 years of age. After the fall of the Bridge Of The Gods, she was turned into a mountain, but she is still seen by few as a young woman with a fair complexion with one side of her face burnt. She tends to linger around the peak and talk to visitors as they go passing by.

Behavior: Calm and collective. She is wise beyond her age, but has a quick temper for those who are disrespectful. She will hold tightly to those who she likes and push away those who she dislikes.

Significant Sighting: None Reported

Pahto (Mountain Elemental)

Spirit of Mount Adams

Etymology: Washington

Variant Names: Klickitat

Physical Description: A calm and gentle man who stood about 6 foot tall. He was a sculpture and artist, not a warrior like his brother.

Behavior: Wise brave. He strives for peace and prosperity.

Significant Sighting: None Reported

Sasquatch (Forest Elemental)

Cannibal Giant of western North America

Etymology: Northwestern United States & Western Canada. This word was first used in 1929.

Variant Names: Halkomelem (Salishan), Sésq̓əc, Bigfoot.

Physical Description: Cover with hair, Height: 6-15 feet. Horrific odor and strange whistles or clicks.

Behavior: Shy, but can become highly aggressive when provoked or agitated.

Significant Sighting: 1924, Fred Beck and company at Ape Canyon.

Seatco (Water Elemental)

Cannibal Mist/Water of the Pacific Ocean

Etymology: Oregon & Washington Coast

Variant Names: Tsiatko

Physical Description: A gigantic watery phantom that lives under the waves. He has a multitude of glowing red eyes that can turn anything into stone. Two gigantic hands and one gigantic mouth.

Behavior: The coast people still fear Seatco to this day. There was one Seatco killed in Oregon when he turned himself into stone after attacking Ewauna. The Puget Sound tribes also recall Seatco terrorizing their camps. He is known for creating terrible storms, killing fish and throwing them on the beach and swallowing entire boats and crew.

Significant Sightings: Last time this creature was seen was about 200 years ago.

See’atco (Water Elemental)

Cannibal Mist/Water of Spirit Lake & Puget Sound

Etymology: Southern Puget Sound Salish and Twana (Salishan), “spirit who haunts fishing places,” “one who runs and hides,” “silent giant” or “giant.”

Variant Names: Kauget, Salatik, Seatco (Lushootseed/Salishan), See-ah-tik (Upper Chehalis/Salishan), Seeahtkch, Seeahtlk (Clallam/Salishan), Selahtik, Sehlatik and Siatcoes (Stansfield)

Physical Description: Takes the form of a human, but larger, quick and stealthy. It inhabits the dark recesses of the woods where his campfires are often seen. When it is in water, it takes the form of a gigantic mist with two hands thousands of teeth and thousands of glowing eyes. On land, when not seen, it can mimic fire and wind and can form in the fire to attack.

Behavior: Nocturnal. Whistles like a bird. Has a keen sense of smell. Steals food. Can kill game animals by hypnotizing them. Abducts women and children. May cause people to go unconscious or make them crazy. Said to play tricks on people. Sometimes said to wear a loincloth. He robs traps, breaks canoes, steals food and other portable property; he waylays the belated traveler, and it is said to kill all those whose bodies are found dead. To his wicked and malicious cunning is credited all the unfortunate and malicious acts which cannot otherwise be explained. He steals children and brings them up as slaves in his dark retreats; he is a constant menace to the disobedient child, and is an object of fear and terror to all.

Distribution: Coast and Cascade Ranges, Washington and Oregon; British Columbia, Canada.

Significant Sighting: Once in 1800s, a Spaniard was mining for gold and was killed. 1847, Paul Kane documented a Seatco attack at Spirit Lake, then again in the 1907 miners in the Dark Divide were driven insane when building a road from Ryan Lake. In the 1920s, two crews of miners working in the Sweden mine were killed and discarded in the mine. 1978, Salas was guarding the Spirit Lake Lodge when a phantom swept through the lodge. 1980-1983 scientists studying at Spirit Lake became sick and some died from a mysterious disease that could only be found at Spirit Lake. In 2001, a couple camping on the south side were attacked by Seatco and survived. In 2007, I was attacked above Spirit Lake on the edge of the Dark Divide when enveloped in fog. Again in 2010, a family of 30 was camping on the south side of the volcano when Seatco attacked.

Skookum (Earth/Water Elemental)

Cannibal Giant of the northwestern United States.

Etymology: Quinault (Salishan) and Chinook Jargon (Pidgin) word. As an adjective, with accent on the first syllable: “strong,” “powerful,” “big,” “ultimate,” or “cool.” As a noun, with accent on the second syllable: “dangerous being,” “evil spirit,” or ghost.”

Variant Name: Skukum. (Quinault meaning "Devil of the Forest") Skooǩum (evil ghost)

Physical Description: The Skookum is covered with hair. The Skooǩum (meaning: evil ghost), is just like the Seatco, but only lurks in water.

Behavior: reclusive, they tend to lurk in the dark or shadows and attack camps at night, either stealing things or killing people. The Skooǩum is a dangerous being that drowns its victims or hypnotizes then into the body of water and then drowns them. The most dangerous Skooǩum is a marsh Skooǩum that can kill off an entire tribe of people.

Distribution: Washington and Oregon.

Significant Sighting: In 1847, artist Paul Kane was told by Indians near the mouth of the Lewis River, Washington, that a man was eaten by Skookums near Mount St. Helens. Another place that has multiple sightings is the Skookumchuck River and Skookum Meadows.

Spirit (Lake)

Lake in Washington

Etymology: Washington

Variant Names: Lake of Spirits

Physical Description: a large lake (12mi long, 7mi wide) in the northeast portion of the Mount St. Helens area. The lake was created roughly 3000 years ago during a violent eruption that trapped all the runoff from the Mount Margaret Backcountry into a basin. The lake is around 200 feet deep, but there is comments of the lake being over a 1000 feet deep near the foot of Mount Margaret.

Tribes That Reside Near Its Waters: No tribes, forbidden area.

Ste-Ye-Hah (Forest Elemental)

Cannibal Giant of the northwestern United States.

Etymology: Umatilla and Yakima (Penutian), “stick Indians” or “spirit hiding in the woods.”

Variant Names: Stick-shower Indians, Stiya (Molala/Penutian).

Physical Description: Cover with hair.

Behavior: Nocturnal. Whistles. Throws sticks at people and pokes sticks inside Native American lodges.

Distributions: Northern Oregon; south-central Washington.

Toutle (River)

River in Washington

Etymology: Washington

Variant Names: Seh-quu (1853, Railroad Survey), Sekwu (Klickitat), East Fork of the Cowlitz (Settlers), Toutle (1856). For years, Silver Lake, which lies six miles northeast of Castle Rock was once known as Toutle Lake hence the name of the town, Toutle.

Physical Description: a meandering river that once drained from Spirit Lake. Since the 1980 eruption the Toutle River has changed dramatically, the headwaters of the Toutle have been buried under 600 feet of debris, adding three new sources including Coldwater Lake, Castle Lake and the Mount St. Helens crater.

Tribes That Resided Near Its Waters: Hullooetell Tribe (extinct)

Tsonoqua (Forest Elemental)

Cannibal Giant of western North America

Etymology: Kwakwaka'wakw Indian "Wild Woman of the Woods"

Variant Names: Dzunuḵ̓wa, Tsonokwa

Physical Description: She is an ancestor of the Namgis clan through her son, Tsilwalagame. She is venerated as a bringer of wealth, but is also greatly feared by children, because she is also known as an ogress who steals children and carries them home in her basket to eat. Her appearance is that of a naked, black in color, old monster with long pendulous breasts. She is also described as having bedraggled hair. In masks and totem pole images she is shown with bright red pursed lips because she is said to give off the call ‘Hu!’ It is often told to children that the sound of the wind blowing through the cedar trees is actually the call of Dzunuḵ̓wa. Some myths say that she is able to bring herself back from the dead (an ability which she uses in some myths to revive her children) and regenerate any wound. She has limited eyesight, and can be easily avoided because she can barely see. She is also said to be rather drowsy and dim-witted. She possesses great wealth and will bestow it upon those who are able to get control of her child. In one myth a tribe tricks her into falling into a pit of fire. The tribe burned her for many days until nothing was left, which prevented her from reviving herself. It is said that the ashes that came off this fire turned into mosquitoes.

Behavior: this spirit is a slow, blind elemental that is known to steal children and eat them. She is also known to be generous. Some legends comment that she was finally killed off and turned into mosquitoes.

Distributions: Northern Oregon; south-central Washington.

Wy’east (Mountain Elemental)

Spirit of Mount Hood

Etymology: Oregon

Variant Names: Mount Hood

Physical Description: A proud, tall warrior who wore large plumage and battle paint. He was the warrior and believed that a great nation was forged through war and order. He was always noted for holding his head up high.

Behavior: Arrogant and boastful, he had a fiery attitude and a violent demeanor which caused the Great Spirit to separate both brothers through the means of a gigantic river. He is quite confident in his peoples survival during the dark times.

Significant Sightings: None Reported


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