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All who have seen this gigantic stump-like formation, known as devils tower, rising 1,265 feet above the Belle Fourche river, will understand why it inspired the imagination of the indians. They called it Mateo Tepee, meaning Grizzly Bear Lodge, and had several legends regarding its origin. According to the Klowas, who at one time are reported to have lived in the region, their tribe once camped by a stream where there were many bears.One day seven little girls were playing at a distance from the village and were chased by some bears. The girls ran toward the village and when the bears where about to catch them , they jumped to a low rock about 3 feet in height. One of them prayed to the rock, “rock have pity on us-rock save us”. the rock heard them and began to grow higher, pushing itself upwards. Pushing the children higher and higher out of the reach of the bears. When the bears jumped at them, they scratched the rock , broke their claws and fell back upon the ground. The rock continued to push the children upward into the sky while the bears jumped at them. The children are still in the sky, seven little stars in a group (the pleiades). according to the legend, the marks of the bears claws could be seen on the side of the rock.


  • Hank Rodriguez
    Hank Rodriguezover 6 years ago

    Hi Anabal….Fascinating! Love the legend, and love your photo The sky is unusually dark, so it has an eerie mystique about it.

    Hey, if I’m not mistaken, I believe there is a UFO landing station nestled atop the Giant Stump-Like Formation, right?

  • I don’t know if their is one now, but their was a movie made there, ‘close encounters of the third kind’ was filmed there. very neat place to see.

    – Anibal

  • Alan Findlater
    Alan Findlaterover 6 years ago

    very nice work well done

  • Thank you Alan, much appreciated..:0)

    – Anibal

  • Hank Rodriguez
    Hank Rodriguezover 6 years ago

    Yup…Close Encounters…That’s the one! Ha! But, I was sort of kidding, though…they didn’t really put one up there, right??…Oh you kidder! You’re pulling my leg…Ha! You got me! Good one!

  • Jonathan Cohen
    Jonathan Cohenover 6 years ago

    Nice capture.

  • Thank you Jonathan… Thanxs for lookin…:0)

    – Anibal

  • mekea
    mekeaover 6 years ago

    Wonderful capture my friend! Love the legend along with it! Nice work! :) Mekea

  • Thanks Mekea, Always nice to see yah….;0)

    – Anibal

  • Jeff Palm Photography
    Jeff Palm Phot...over 6 years ago

    What a stunning image!!! instant fav!

    AUDEANYESover 6 years ago


  • Thanks Audean, glad you like it…;0)

    – Anibal

  • Gary L   Suddath
    Gary L Suddathover 6 years ago

    stunning shot and perspective the lighting gives it a foreboding feel

  • Thank you so much…;0)

    – Anibal

  • Julie's Camera Creations <><
    Julie's Camera...over 6 years ago

    yes it is a small world I enjoyed my road trip very much…you have done EXCELLENT WORK. here on your image…it is a fantastic place

  • jockey
    jockeyabout 6 years ago

    beautiful, so daunting a place.

  • Thank you bill, it is an awsome place to see…

    – Anibal

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