One day the father of all Indians came to this area and lived on a
mountain near stillwater. It is said that he was created near Reese
River. He was a very great and good man. He was very lonesome and
wished he had someone to keep him company.
One day, much later, Woman heard about man. She was
married to Bear. She wished that someday she might see
Man, and this made Bear very jealous. One day Woman
and Bear had a fight. They fought for a long time and
finally she knocked him down and killed him with a club.
She decided to leave the country and go north in search
of Man. She had many interesting experiences on her
trip. Even today, her footprints can be seen along Mono
Near Yerington, she fought a giant who tried to eat her. She managed
to kill him and his body turned to stone, where it can also be seen
She arrived at Stillwater Mountain at last. There she
saw Man who was so handsome. She hid from him in for
fear he might leave. One day, as Man was walking around
he saw Woman's tracks. He started to look for her, and
called out, saying that he knew she was around. At last
she came out from hiding. She was nervous and very tired
from her trip. He noticed this and spoke to her kindly.
He asked her to go with him to his camp where he would
give her food. She meekly followed him.
After they finished eating, Man asked Woman to stay with him. That night she
stayed near the fire. The next night she slept by the
door. Each night she moved a little closer. On the fifth
night they were married. They had many children.
Their first born was a boy who was very mean. He was
always causing trouble among the other children. One
day when they were fighting, the father called the children
together to talk to them. He told them that if they
continued to fight he would have to separate them. They
started fighting before he finished talking.
Man became very angry. He stopped them and said, I am going to
separate you now. I shall go up to my home in the sky. When you die you
will come up to me. All you have to do is follow the dusty-road
(pointing to the Milky-Way). You will reach my home where I shall be
waiting. Some day I hope that you will all come to your senses and live
together in peace
Slowly he called the oldest boy and gave him one of
the girls. He sent them west. They became the Pitt-Rivers.
The other children who were peaceful, he kept at home.
He told them that they were to take good care of their
mother whom he was leaving with them. They became the
"Paiutes". Then he went up into the mountains
then up to the sky.
The Paiutes grew into a strong Tribe, but woman still
grieved for her other children. Woman was so sad that
she began to cry bitterly. She missed her other children
very much. She cried more and more each day.
One day she decided to sit near a mountain where she
could look toward Pitt River country. She sat there
day after day crying. Her tears fell so fast that they
formed a great lake beneath her. This became "Pyramid
Lake". She sat so long that she turned to stone.
There she remained to this day, sitting on the Eastern
shore of Pyramid Lake, with her basket by her side.
The "Kuyuidokado" (Pyramid Lake Paiutes/Cui-ui eaters) call her
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