- Let me Thread you a story…(1-24)
- Rikiki Rocks, just outside town in the Rokoko Valley, is a special place.
- The stones there have all kinds of fantastical shapes. There’s Old Man Mammoth, a massive piece of elephantine-shaped granite.
- And Donut Rock, a modern name for a big circular thing with a hole in the middle. Local tradition says if a woman wishes to conceive,
- she should pass through the hole in that rock under the light of the full moon. That’s why it’s also known as Mother Rock.
- There’s many another fanciful shape with fanciful traditions, and I could spend days describing them all. Maybe I will someday.
- But one thing to know about Rikiki Rocks is that sometime in the way back when somebody carved pictographs on ‘em.
- These pictures show warriors, hunters, shamans, prey animals and such like. Some have red ochre added to the grooves.
- Folks do say as how these rocks are sacred to the local Kintache Indians. Yaku Ravenwing, the Kintache story shaman, agrees.
- Yaku’s legal name is Arturo, but nobody ever calls him that. Yaku means “blue tongue” in Kintache and he really can talk a blue streak.
- One time when he was storytelling at a Kintache powwow, some folks swore they saw blue flames sprouting from his mouth.
- Like any good narrator, Yaku swears his stories are mostly true so when he says Rikiki Rocks are not to be messed with, people listen.
- No one in Portalville would ever desecrate them, but we do get the occasional drive-by tourist that can’t help themselves.
- Yaku tells about two such good ol’ boys driving through from Talladega on their way to California.
- They took a rest break at Daisy Mae’s Snack-a-Round out on Route 40. She had a picture of Rikiki Rocks behind the bar.
- These boys asked about ‘em and Daisy Mae all innocently said how proud people were of ’em in these parts.
- Well, you know, the devil is in some folks, and that ain’t no lie, no matter what else may be a story, no matter what else you believe.
- These boys got a notion to go out to those rocks and add their names to ‘em. Stopped by Pedergreen’s Hardware for spray paint & chisels.
- Way Yaku tells it, when they got to the rocks weren’t another human around ‘cept the hunters, shamans & warriors on the pictographs.
- Guess they didn’t notice the sasquatch taking a rest beside The Bigtoes, some Rikikis shaped like 5 giant toes sticking out of the sand.
- Sasquatch don’t usually get involved in human affairs, but those rocks is sacred to them, too. Yaku says Sasquatch took care of things.
- Sheriff Limonada found the boys’ car abandoned near the Rikikis but didn’t never find a trace of them boys.
- So I asked Yaku how he knew the sasquatch took care of them boys if nobody else was around?
- He just grinned his big ol’ grin. “Sasquatch told me, of course.” Weren’t but a trace of blue flame & smoke on his lips when he said it.
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Mirrored from Better Than Dead.