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Legend People Turned to Stone.

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 13 January 2019 in Landscape & Rural.

A bit of Paiute lore from the park's website:

The legend of Bryce Canyon was explained to a park naturalist in 1936 by Indian Dick, a Paiute elder who then lived on the Kaibab Reservation:

"Before there were humans, the Legend People, To-when-an-ung-wa, lived in that place. There were many of them. They were of many kinds – birds, animals, lizards and such things, but they looked like people. They were not people. They had power to make themselves look that way. For some reason the Legend People in that place were bad; they did something that was not good, perhaps a fight, perhaps some stole something….the tale is not clear at this point. Because they were bad, Coyote turned them all into rocks. You can see them in that place now all turned into rocks; some standing in rows, some sitting down, some holding onto others. You can see their faces, with paint on them just as they were before they became rocks. The name of that place is Angka-ku-wass-a-wits (red painted faces). This is the story the people tell."

Bryce Canyon National Park
Utah, USA

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Such stories are always fascinating. In the picture, the rocks appear as if there were a stand full of people just as they were told in that story.

13 Jan 2019 6:03am

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

a very interesting legend and great capture of these striking hoodoo formations.

13 Jan 2019 6:13am

Gemma Wiseman from Melbourne, Australia

So many of these rock formations look like human shapes. Intriguing legend. Love the filmy, misty effect on this scene.

13 Jan 2019 6:27am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I really like this legend Steve. If only nowadays the wicked could be turned into rocks .... LOL! Very nice catch

13 Jan 2019 6:29am

Gérard from Allauch, France

A story that makes sense in this photo!

13 Jan 2019 8:03am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Ces trois plans très différents sont vraiment impressionnants. Très belle composition.
Bonne journée Steve

13 Jan 2019 8:08am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Beautiful layers and colors ! I like this kind of legend, and with imagination we can see some human figures in these rocks !

13 Jan 2019 8:21am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Place à l'imagination. Une belle prise

13 Jan 2019 8:22am

willy from Belgium

une légende intéressante Steve

et une vue de toute beauté


13 Jan 2019 8:26am

Marcel P. from Wallonie picarde, Belgium

Très intéressant.

13 Jan 2019 8:34am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Oh, I don't want to be a rock !!

13 Jan 2019 9:08am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very interesting and beautiful photo !

13 Jan 2019 9:29am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Magnifique ta photo

13 Jan 2019 9:48am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

What an awesome wall?!!

13 Jan 2019 9:53am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Your information with this magnificent image is excellent Steve. 5*

13 Jan 2019 10:10am

Devi from Chennai, India

what an enchanting tale here ! From the beginning, I have neen having this uncanny feeling !Lovely image here !

13 Jan 2019 11:41am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A fascinating legend. I can see the people in these shapes. Beautiful landscape.

13 Jan 2019 1:53pm

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

So magnificent and beautiful. Superb capture.

13 Jan 2019 1:58pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Great texture and colors.

13 Jan 2019 2:40pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle vue fantasituqe vague de roche et constraste ene les deux plans sueprbe
Merci et belle soirée

13 Jan 2019 2:55pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Vue extraordinaire.

13 Jan 2019 3:25pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

superbe ces plans dont cette partie haute

13 Jan 2019 5:30pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful image and an interesting story. Superb. :)

13 Jan 2019 6:01pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Thank you for sharing the text and the wonderful image.

13 Jan 2019 7:58pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, colors, lights & textures!
wonderful view.

13 Jan 2019 9:00pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Fascinating, and what truly otherworldly scenery...

13 Jan 2019 9:48pm

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Fine layers of colourful rocks and wonderful detail.

14 Jan 2019 2:15am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

That is a great story about the canyon. They do look like stone people all frozen in place. A fantastic composition. A wonderful view and beautiful color.

14 Jan 2019 2:29am

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

What an amazing, fascinating story, Steve! I often wonder what the Native Peoples will say about this "civilization..."

14 Jan 2019 4:25am

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

PS -Great piece here, sir!!

14 Jan 2019 4:26am

Diana from Olympia, United States

Beautifully captured

14 Jan 2019 6:44am