Oregon City in Clackamas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Coyote Creates Willamette Falls
First, he tried at the mouth of Pudding River, but it was no good, and all he made was the gravel bar there. So he went on down the river to Rock Island, and it was better, but after making the rapids there he gave up again and went further down still. Where the Willamette Falls are now he found just the right place, and he made the Falls high and wide. All the Indians came and began to fish.
Now Coyote made his magic fish trap. He made it so it would speak, and say "Noseepsk" when it was full. Because he was pretty hungry, Coyote decided to try it first himself. He set the trap by the Falls, and then ran back up the shore to prepare to make a cooking-fire. But he had only begun when the trap called out, "Noseepsk!" He hurried back; indeed the trap was full of salmon. Running back with them, he started his fire again, but the fish trap cried "Noseepsk! Noseepsk!" It happened again and again; the fifth time Coyote became angry and said to the trap, "What, can't you wait with your fish-catching until I've built a
From "Coyote Was There, Indian Literature in Oregon Country" compiled and edited by Jarold Ramsey. Story originally told by Louis LaBonte, son of the daughter of Chief Caboway of the Clatsops and recored by H.S. Lyman, 1900.
Erected by End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
Location. 45° 21.867′ N, 122° 35.705′ W. Marker is in Oregon City, Oregon, in Clackamas County. Marker can be reached from Washington Street near Abernethy Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1726 Washington Street, Oregon City OR 97045, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Coyote Creates Willamette Falls (here, next to this marker); The Confederate Tribes of Grande Ronde Today (here, next to this marker); Oregon (a few steps from this marker); Dr. John McLoughlin (a few steps from this marker); To The Banks Of The Willamette (a few steps from this marker); The Trail of Tears (a few steps from this marker); Wagons (within shouting distance of this marker); Clackamas Chinook (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oregon City.
More about this marker. This marker is located next to the End Of Oregon Trail Interpretive Center facing outward towards Abernethy Green.
Categories. • Native Americans •
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