Thomas Doty – Storyteller
A Native View
The Takelma creator is Hapkemnas. His name means Children Maker and he lives at Payne Cliffs. A rock carving locates his cave. We know that IT IS, an ancestor of the Rock People, made the first land in a volcanic explosion. Before that there was nothing. We know that the Daldal brothers -- giant dragonflies -- readied the landscape for native culture. What we don't know is how Hapkemnas made the Human People. Until that lost story is found or reassembled, part of Takelma creation remains a mystery.
Photo: Payne Cliffs, home of Hapkemnas.