Enchanting #MultnomahFalls, 620 ft of power and sadness rooted in old #NativeAmerican legend.
"Many years ago the head chief of the #Multnomah people had a beautiful young daughter. She was especially dear to her father because he had lost all his sons in fighting. He chose her husband with great care, a young chief from his neighbors, the #Clatsop people.
The wedding feast was to last for several days. But without warning the happiness changed to sorrow. A sickness came over the village.
"The #GreatSpirit is angry with us. All would die, unless a sacrifice was made. Some pure and innocent maiden of the tribe must willingly give her life for her people" - said the oldest medicine man.
12 maidens, including chiefs daughter, were ready to sacrifice but head chief couldn't bear an idea of it happening, and he told the people to be strong and keep fighting the plague.
But as more died, the daughter of the chief grieved and considered giving up her life to save the others. Then when the sickness struck the man she loved, she knew what she must do. After caring for him one last time, she slipped away secretly and followed the trail to the top. Where she dove off the cliff to her death.
The next morning the sickness was lifted.
When the chief recalled all of the maidens, people realized that his daughter was missing. The young Clatsop chief raced to the cliff where he saw his love below on the rocks.
Everyone was sad to learn that the young maiden they all loved was dead. They descended to the bottom of the cliff and buried her there. Her father called to the spirits to offer them a sign that his daughter’s spirit had been welcomed into the land of the spirits.
Instantly, they heard the sound of water atop the cliff and when they looked up, a stream of water began flowing over the cliff.
It is said that sometimes the spirit of the maiden returns dressed in a white dress and hides in the trees to look upon the waterfall where she made her sacrifice for those she loved."