National Geographic : 1938 Apr
©C.R.Kopas THUNDER MOUNTAIN, MIRRORED IN THE LAKE, PROTECTS WITHIN ITS GLACIERS THE DEITIES OFTHE ALGATCHO INDIANS Towering above the rim of the Bella Coola Valley, this lofty peak is the center of the region's mythology. Near-by Nusatsum Peak istheCanadian Mount Ararat in tribal legend. Years ago, the story goes, a huge flood submerged everything except its crest, to which a canoe-loadofsurvivors tied up.Constant sawing ofwind and tide severed the rope, leaving them stranded. When the waters went down the Indians descended. A stone formation winding about theupper endofthecrag today, according to the tale, is part of the piece of rope, now petrified.