Read Part I, In search of the morel, here.
|For thousands of years, this volcanic tuff, known as Petroglyph Point, formed an island in the middle of massive Tule Lake|
Kamookumpts rested on the east shore of Tule Lake. There was only the lake in all the world. Kamookumpts decided to make land. He dug mud from beneath the lake and piled it up, forming a hill. He used the mud from the hill to create land and mountains. Then he created rivers and streams. Then Kamookumpts created plants and animals. When he had finished, Kamookumpts was weary from his labor. So he dug a hole beneath the lake for his bed. As he went to sleep, he scooped a last handful of mud and made a hill to mark his bed. --Modoc Creation MythThis is a young land. The Tulelake (TOO-lee lake) Basin was shaped by lava flows erupting from deep within the earth over the last several hundred thousand years. The tectonic subduction that continues to mold the Cascade Mountains spews out molten lava, which cools over the years and forms the jagged rock.
The last big lava flow, the Black Crater flow, occurred some 3500 years ago. Just yesterday, in geological terms. As it cooled, life encroached. At first, the harsh environment suited only lichens, fungi, and hardy grasses that needed little water. But life begets life.
|What does it mean?|
In time, as man became ever more reliant on the lake, he would canoe out to an island in its midst, there to carve on the rocky cliffs that raised it out of the water.
|Forever beyond our ken|
|A memory fades before our eyes|
|An ancient call from a lost people|
Tule Lake is a shrunken memory of what it must have been to the peoples who lived beside it for thousands of years. Would they grieve to know what has become of their home? Or would they rejoice that their memory yet lingers in the world, though they are long gone?
|Rick Means pointed out that the symbol in the middle looks vaguely like the Ace of Spades, while the symbol to the right somewhat resembles a certain part of the male anatomy. His translation: "Somebody got f*cked at cards."|
To be continued...