Thomas Doty – Storyteller
A Native View
Native people have an ancient relationship with water. Old Time walking trails follow rivers and creeks. Canoe trails wind through marshes and crisscross lakes. People travel along water, across water, live next to water. Water is the lifeblood of native worlds, and life itself to each person. People along the Rogue River call themselves Takelma, "the river's people." In a Modoc story, the creator carved ravines down the mountains so rivers and creeks flowed to villages in the valleys. In story after story, and in everyday life, the people are blessed with water.
Photo: Rock carving of Mount Shasta showing ravines carved by the Modoc creator.