Bandon - The Legendary Face Rock (suz)

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Is she sleeping? How can she with all those birds on her nose...

~ The Legend of Face Rock ~

Many, many years ago, the legend begins, Chief Siskiyou from the far mountains traveled with his family and other clansmen to the coast to trade goods with the four tribes who lived by the sea they called Wecoma.

In his honor, the four chiefs planned the greatest feast in all memory. They roasted bear, salmon, elk, and deer. Huge quantities of clams and mussels were steamed. Cedar back trays were filled with honey and red and blue huckleberries.

It was feared that Seatka, the evil spirit who lived in the sea, might cause trouble for the people and their guests. Armed warriors stood guard on the high bluffs.

The sea enchanted Princess Ewauna, the beautiful daughter of Chief Siskiyou. After the feast, when the people were sleeping, she slipped away from camp, carrying a basket with her cat and kittens nestled inside, and followed by her faithful dog.

The moon was full and the Wecoma ran silver. Ewuana, who did not fear Seatka, swam in the sea, farther and farther from shore. The dog barked a warning but it was too late.

The evil Seatka had captured the beautiful princess. The dog carrying the basket of kittens swam to his mistress and buried his teeth in the hand of Seatka.

Howling, he shook off the dog and threw the cats into the sea. Seatka tried to make Ewauna look into his eyes, but she refused to look away from the great, round moon.

When her father awoke, he raised the alarm. Everyone rushed to the shore of Wecoma. There they saw the lovely face of Princess Ewauna gazing skyward. Her dog was on the beach howling for the princess, and the cat and kittens were in the sea. In time, they all turned to stone, frozen forever, as they were that long ago dawn.

Legend compliments of Sunset Oceanfront Lodging

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Comments (4)

HAMANA on July 7, 2013

What a lovely face and remarkable story, Suzi!



P.S. Do you know what birds are on the rock?

Suzi in Oregon on July 7, 2013

Thank you, Doerthe - I think they are mostly Brandt's Cormorant Phalacrocorax penicillatus

Brandt's Cormorants nest colonially on offshore islands and mainland cliffs and are the most common of the cormorants on the Oregon coast in summer.

In the breeding season males are easily distinguished by their intense blue gulag pouches, displayed with a skyward pointing of the bill. They also have wispy white plumes along the side of their head and on their back, which show well against the solid black of the rest of their plumage. In bright light they have a green iridescence. During all seasons they can be distinguished from the two other Oregon species by buff-colored feathers that outline the gular region.

In Oregon it is present all year, fewer in winter than in summer. It is confined mostly to waters within 14 miles of the coast.

We get Pelagic Cormorants as well - Phalacrocorax pelagicus

Seemingly misnamed, Pelagic Cormorants are rarely seen far from land.

During the breeding season the distinct white flank patches contrast markedly with their black plumage. In bright light the slender neck has a purple iridescent sheen, and the back shines green accenting white filoplumes.

Nearshore marine and estuarine, they nest in loose colonies on ledges on vertical cliffs on rocky islands and headlands. It is common year round along the entire coast and is not found away from salt water.

Happy Sunday greetings from an overcast Pacific Coast (O:

HAMANA on July 7, 2013

Thanks very much, Suzi, what great information. I just looked them up in Wikipedia, such wonderful birds! We live in the same country, yet, the difference in what nature offers from your part to ours here is incredible.

I enjoy reading such explanations!



Erik van den Ham on July 12, 2013

What a wonderful it!!! I must say she still looks a little sad as if the sea and Seatka, are still bothering her. Perhaps she's waiting for the full moon to arrive to make her smile again.

Double Dutch wishes coming your way (if Seatka allows them), Erik

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Coos Bay, Oregon

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