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 Crater Lake, OR  (Wizard Island)
 
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 Crater Lake, OR  (Wizard Island)

CRATER LAKE, OR

 

The mystical Crater Lake occupies a caldera, which is the collapsed cone of a volcano and lies atop a cinder cone called ‘Wizard Island.’  The Klamath Indian oral history recalls the ancient Mount Mazama volcano eruption that formed Crater Lake.  After the volcano collapsed, a final eruption created a sacred site called Wizard Island.  

 

The Klamath legend tells of a story of a powerful deity “Chief of the World Below” who lived under the Mount Mazamo before the eruption.  The Klamath shaman regarded Wizard Island as the entrance to the ‘Underworld Gateway’ and would cautiously make their way over to the islands to pay humble tribute.  This gateway was believed to be a spiritual passageway between the worlds above and below.

 

The Klamath Indians considered the lake to be so sacred that no one in the tribe could visit the lake except for shaman.  Directions to the lake and the trail to Wizard Island were kept as a closely guarded secret within the tribe.

 

Crater Lake is the second deepest lake in North America with the bluest water claimed to be the purest in the world.  Even today, the sapphire symmetry of the flooded volcano caldera is considered by new age adherents as one of the holiest places in North America.  Many have seen UFO craft fly in and out of Crater Lake.  The geophysics and geology studies of Crater Lake show a combined energy flow that imitates a positive charged electromagnetic vortex similar to sacred sites in Tibet.                         

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 Multnomah Falls, OR
 
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 Columbia River Gorge, OR

MULTNOMAH FALLS, OREGON

 

The spectacular Multinomah Falls is in the Columbia River Gorge in northern Oregon.  Plummeting 620 feet from its origins on Larch Mountain, the double-tiered Multnomah Falls is the second largest waterfall in the USA.

 

The mighty Columbia River Gorge is a testament to the power of flowing water moving over the eons with the deep gash worn into the volcanic rock of the Cascade Range nearly down to sea level.  The canyon walls towers over 400 feet above the river where frequent rain nourishes a lush rain forest and replenishes the water that cascades over the majestic cliffs.  The Oregon side of the Gorge is a place of stunning beauty with 77 waterfalls where black basalt cliffs, ribbon-like waterfalls and lush forests are filled with dark verdure of conifer, sheltering strands of big-leaf maple, cotton wood, Oregon ash and vine maple. 

 

Multnomah Falls has been a sacred place to native tribes for thousands of years.  There is evidence that this location was one of the earliest settlements on the North American Continent.  This ancient waterfall is known for its sacred powers and has been a shamanic power spot for thousands of years.

 

Beyond its physical beauty, the gorge was a native settlement for 10,000 years before the arrival of the first European explorers.  Indian bands of the Columbia Gorge included the Cascades, Watlala, Wasco and Wishram.  These natives called the Columbia River the "Great River" where the Coyote was known as the most powerful of the animal people. 

 

These tribes possesed a common understanding and beleived the animal deity Coyote created it and for everything to be right, each person had to honor and follow its traditions.  These traditions passed down from generation to generation through the oral stories.  This was the sacred place where Coyote Medicine was originated in this forest next to the "Great River." 

 

Scattered along the Columbia River Gorge are many power spots where the native people held this particular stretch of the river sacred.  Dozens of petroglyphs illustrate aspects of Indian life and traditions depicting the Indians in an inter-connected relationship with the land.  The local Indian clans knew of one such sacred power site as the "Navel of the World."