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.