Thomas Doty – Storyteller

A Native View

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Shapasheni

At the western edge of the Modoc homeland is a moon-shaped ridge called Shapasheni, "where the sun and moon live." In native stories. the sun and moon journey across the sky to their home in the west where they sleep in their lodge. When they wake up, they travel underground through lava caves to rise again in the east. Early settlers found Shapasheni difficult to say. To this day, several landmarks in the area are called Sheepy, a simplified English version of Shapasheni.

Photo: Ancient rock painting of the sun traveling through a lava cave.


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