The Snake that Lived in the Santa Cruz Mountains

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Linda Yamane (Rumsien Ohlone),  The Snake that Lived in the Santa Cruz Mountains & Other Ohlone Stories. 1998, b/w illustrations by the author.

A long time ago, there was a snake that would come up out of the ocean into the Santa Cruz Mountains and eat up all the people. When it got up there and saw the people, “it would give a loud whistle and down it would come…quick as the devil…” The title story in The Snake that Lived in the Santa Cruz Mountains is the first of seven in Yamane’s second gathering of Ohlone tales. There’s a whale who coughed up the first white man (he was brown when he went down), and a rain story that has the feel of something that really happened. “How Shelp Made the Acorn Soup” tells in Spanish and English how an old witch fills her basket with an endless supply of acorn soup. “Trura—the Thunders” is both the story of how thunder came to be and a comment on the way people should treat each other, and “The Two Bears” is a Zen story: Don’t be surprised if you get to the end and turn the page to see where the rest is, then think about it.