UPDATED: I created a composite image to illustrate the legend.
I recently learned of one of the many legends of the Wintu people in the Northern California area, known as the Legend of Two Faces. I love myths, folklore and legends, so this story piqued my interest and sent me on a quest with my camera. According to the information I have been able to find about this legend, there was once a beautiful maiden by the name of Rippling Water. Although her heart belonged to the son of the chief and future leader of the tribe, Lakadowa, there was another brave who sought her attentions. When Rippling Water made her love for Lakadowa known, the traitor murdered her with an arrow through her heart. As she was dying, Lakadowa vowed to avenge her death. He sought out the traitor, and a fierce battle ensued. Lakadowa was successful in ending the life of his enemy, but sadly, he was mortally wounded in the battle.
His dying wish was that his beautiful maiden, Rippling Water, could spend eternity on Mount Shasta, the home of the Great Spirit. And, that he could forever remain nearby to gaze upon her beauty and protect her from evil.
Today, the maiden Rippling Water can be seen reclining over the top of Mount Shasta.
And the Warrior Lakadowa can be seen on the face of Castle Dome, at Castle Crags standing watch over his maiden.
Many thanks to my friend Dustin Naef for introducing me to this local legend. Now, I always see Rippling Water when I look at Mount Shasta, and Lakadowa when I look at Castle Crags.