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Deadman Valley; Hoodoos

Deadman Valley Hoodoos, Deadman-Vidette Road, British Columbia.

Centuries ago, when the Deadman Creek served as a passageway to and from the north, the residents of the valley were vulnerable to invading warriors from the north. Elders gathered to plan a strategy of nightly patrol and it was not long before these preparations paid off. Though casualties on both sides were high, four of the invading warriors were captured and taken to the elders. Shamed by their capture, the four invaders agreed to deliver a message to their home territory that the people of the valley wanted peace and would welcome all those who came in peace.

A shaman then spoke while the bonds on the young warriors were being cut loose. He looked skyward and told the four warriors that if they left the valley without looking back they would return to their villages safely. However, if they disobeyed the rule, they would be turned to stone. The four warriors left in haste. As they rossed the valley, one of them looked over his shoulder. True to the threat of the shaman, the four warriors of yesteryear became the four hoodoos.

Legends such as this help to preserve the history and culture of the First Nations people and are passed through the generations. Although this legend speaks of four hoodoos, there are actually five. Visible when the light touches the pinna-cles and craggy rock faces from just the right angle, the Hoodoos of the Deadman Valley rise into view. These spectacular formations are one of the finest examples of hoodoos that can be seen from a public roadway in British Columbia.

[cited: Gold Country Geo Tourism]


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Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:North America
Subcategory Detail:Canada
Keywords:2009, 8-Aug-09, British Columbia, Canada, Deadman Valley, Deadman Valley Hoodoos, TNRD, Thompson Nicola Regional District, Thompson-Nicola, Thompson-Nicola Region

Deadman Valley; Hoodoos