Tribal History

The Klamath Tribes, which include the Klamath, Modoc and Yahooskin band of the Snake, knew Crater Lake as gii-was, meaning "a sacred place." The Cow Creek Umpquas also knew and respected Crater Lake.

Native Americans experienced the collapse of Mount Mazama about 7,700 years ago, and have many stories about the creation of Crater Lake and its many features. The National Park Service has collected many of their stories.

This photo shows a sagebrush bark sandal that was found buried beneath ash near Fort Rock from the eruption of Mt. Mazama.

We encourage you to learn more about the Klamath Tribes and the Cow Creek Umpquas.




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