San Jose (New Almaden) in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Early People of Mount Umunhum
The Amah Mutsun and many other Ohlone people believed that Creator gave humans higher intelligence and an obligation to solve problems and care for all living things. Tribal decisions are to be made only of they will be for the good of the next seven generations. Traditionally, the Amah Mutsun believe that true wealth is the ability to carry indigenous knowledge forward to provide for all people, animals, plants, Mother Earth, wind, water, and shadows. -- Valentin Lopez, Amah Mutsun Tribal Chair
In the beginning, the world was covered with water. Eagle gave Hawk a feather from the top of his head to give him the strength to dive to the bottom of the ocean. There,
Eagle directed Hummingbird to retrieve fire from the Badger People who did not want to share their fire and Hummingbird used his bravery, quickness, and intelligence to bring fire to the world. Hummingbird returned fire to the top of Mount Umunhum where it ignited in Hummingbird's throat and turned it red. -- Amah Mutsun Creation Story
When this world was finished (by Creator), Eagle, Hummingbird, and Coyote were standing on top of a high mountain in Monterey County. The world was being flooded and when the water rose to their feet Eagle carried Hummingbird and Coyote and flew away to a still higher mountain. There the three stood until the water went down. Then Eagle sent Coyote down the mountain to see if the world was dry. Coyote came back and said: "The whole world is dry." Eagle said "Go and look in the river. See what is there." Coyote did so and came back saying, "There is a beautiful girl." Eagle then said, "She will be your wife, in order that people may be raised again." Eagle gave Coyote a trowel of abalone shell and a stick to dig with. Coyote married the girl. Coyote's children went out over the world and became the forefathers of the different tribes. -- A Monterey Bay Story of Beginnings as told
Erected by Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.
Location. 37° 9.636′ N, 121° 53.88′ W. Marker is in San Jose (New Almaden), California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Mount Umunhum Road near Mount Umunhum-Loma Prieta Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Jose CA 95120, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Scanning the Skies (here, next to this marker); A Sacred Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Military Community (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Miners and Settlers (approx. ¼ mile away); Wood Road & Jacques Ridge (approx. 2.3 miles away); Mine Hill (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Rossi Retort (approx. 3.1 miles away); SpanishTown (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose (New Almaden).
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Mount Umunhum Summit Shelter.
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 98 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 4, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.