Thomas Doty – Storyteller

A Native View

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Rain Rocks

Rain rocks are ancient carved boulders. They are covered with a blanket to prevent rain, and uncovered to bring rain. Most rain rocks are dimpled with carved depressions representing many cupped hands, the native symbol for drinking. Some have carvings of bear prints to honor Great Bear in the Sky who controls the seasons. Long ago, a rain rock along the Klamath River was covered permanently -- buried in the ground -- following days of rain that caused a devastating flood. In 1947, it was unearthed by a highway crew and moved to Fort Jones.

Photo: Rain Rock in Fort Jones, California.


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