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  • * Parks are the jewels of the PNW *

    The famous Native American rock art known as "She Who Watches" is located in the Columbia Gorge on the Washington side of the river east of The Dalles.

    It is a combination of two styles, a petroglyph (carved into the rock) and pictograph (art drawn or painted onto rock). The Native American name of She Who Watches is Tsagaglalal.

    There is a legend about the art's origin that is hauntingly prophetic of the impact humans have made on the earth.

    THE LEGEND OF TSAGAGLALAL has several versions, one that was told by the Wishram people is as follows:

    A woman had a house where the village of Nixluidix was later built. She was chief of all who lived in the region. That was a long time before Coyote came up the river and changed things and people were not yet real people.

    After a time Coyote in his travels came to this place and asked the inhabitants if they were living well or ill. They sent him to their chief who lived up on the rocks, where she could look down on the village and know what was going on.

    Coyote climbed up to the house on the rocks and asked:

    "What kind of living do you give these people? Do you treat them well or are you one of those evil women?"

    "I am teaching them to live well and build good houses," she said.

    "Soon the world will change," said Coyote, "and women will no longer be chiefs."

    Then he changed her into a rock with the command, "You shall stay here and watch over the people who live here." All the people know that Tsagaglalae sees all things, for whenever they are looking at her those large eyes are watching them.

    -"Stone Age on the Columbia River" by Emory Strong, 1959

    I posted this images a few months ago - with a poem I wrote for her.
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