Ancient Giants of Lovelock Cave

Si-Te-cah Tribe

The Paiute Indian legends as well as archaeological evidence , describes a race of red-haired giants.

The Paiute called them the Si-te-cahs. Like their red-haired counterparts , The Ronnongwetowanca and Adena giants of the Ohio River Valley they were exterminated by the smaller but more numerous Paiute

The Si-te-cahs were a tribe of Indigenous Americans that lived in the Nevada / Arizona area in pre history.

They are for all intensive purposes - extinct. A small element of their gene pool perhaps survives in the indigenous native American populations. But they are not of the same race as Amerindians of modern times. The word "Sitecah" means "tule-eaters" in the Paiute language . Tule is a fibruous water plant, the Si-Te-Cahs towards the end of their existence spent much of their lives on rafts made of tule on Lake Lahontan to avoid harassment from the Paiute.

The last known group had their home in lovelock cave where their remains were discovered in 1911. [Although the word Si-te-cah only applies to the tribe that the Paiute legends speak of, I have applied it to other related peoples and traces of peoples throughout the same vicinity.]

Giant Human remains discovered in Lovelock Cave Nevada
News Clipping referring to ancient Giants of Piute Legend

Native Legends

The Paiute Indian legends describe a race of red-haired giants called Si-te-cahs. Like their red-haired counterparts , The Ronnongwetowanca and Adena giants of the Ohio River Valley {See: The Mound Builders}, The Si-te-cahs were the enemies of many Indian tribes of the region. also according to the Paiutes, the Si-Te-Cah were hostile, warlike and practiced cannibalism.

The Unexplained: An Illustrated Guide to the World's Natural and Paranormal Mysteries Hardcover  1997 reports that in 1911, Guano [bat excrement] miners discovered a treasure trove of prehistoric artifacts at Lovelock Cave, [the same cave in which per Paiute legend states was where the Si-te-cah were slaughtered] above the southeastern shore of Humboldt Sink. 

The Si-Te-Cah and the Paiutes were at war, and after a long struggle a coalition of tribes trapped the remaining Si-Te-Cah in Lovelock Cave. When they refused to come out and be slaughtered, the Indians piled brush before the mouth of lovelock cave and set it on fire, annihilating The Si-Te-Cah

Paiute legends also have the Si-Te-Cah building a pyramidal stone structure in New York Canyon, some miles away in Churchill County, The area is known for earthquakes and if the pyramid existed it probably collapsed over the years.

Lovelock Cave

Archaeologists from the Nevada Historical Society and the University of California believe lovelock cave was occupied from approximately 1500 B.C. until a few hundred years before the white man appeared in the region .

Red-haired mummies and skeletal remains ranging from 6 and a half feet to 8 feet tall were discovered in lovelock cave.

Sarah Winnemucca Biography

"My people say that the tribe we exterminated had reddish hair. I have some of their hair, which has been handed down from father to son. I have a dress which has been in our family a great many years, trimmed with the reddish hair. I am going to wear it some time when I lecture. It is called a mourning dress, and no one has such a dress but my family. - Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims

Some skulls recovered from Lovelock Cave can still be seen in museums in Lovelock and Winnemucca, Nevada.

In 1931, more large skeletons were found in the Humboldt lake bed [ Humbolt lake bed / Sink is an intermittent dry lake bed, approximately 11 miles by 4 mi across, in northwestern Nevada], approximately 20 miles from Lovelock, Nevada.

The first of these two skeletons found measured 8 1/2 feet tall and appeared to have been wrapped in a gum-covered fabric similar to the Egyptian manner. The second skeleton was almost 10 feet long. (Review - Miner, June 19, 1931). The Review Miner of Sept. 29, 1939 reported another finding of a 7 foot 7 inch skeleton , also near Lovelock, Nevada. Humboldt lake bed was once part of an ancient lake known as Lake Lahontan .

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