Thomas Doty – Storyteller
Koomookumpts' Bed (1 of 13)
Koomookumpts' Bed is the center of the Modoc universe in northeast California. It was here that Koomookumpts, Modoc creator, made the world from the water of Tule Lake. The actual "bed" is located on top of the rock, and this is where Koomookumpts sleeps. One day he will wake up and bring the world back to the way it was in the Old Time. Petroglyphs along the base of the rock tell the story of this place and of the Modoc people and their ancestors.
In the late 1930s and early 1940s, photographer Jervie Henry Eastman made several visits to Koomookumpts' Bed. Here are three of his photos....
Eastman Photos (PDF)
- At Koomookumpts' Bed – Koomookumpts is creator and trickster of the Modocs. His stone bed is a vision quest site at the top of the rock called Koomookumpts' Bed. Includes photos.
- Where Koomookumpts Sleeps – Doty tells a childhood story of his first trek to Koomookumpts' Bed, the home of the Modoc creator.