The Legend of Tahquitz Lives On – Bigfoot or Demon?

Hello Gentle Readers,

We are venturing off our usual diatribe of bizarre desert weirdness to discuss the legend of Tahquitz up on the San Jacinto Mountains. Bigfoot, Goatman or Crazy Demon? Indian legend gone haywire? You decide.

Why are we straying off our beloved desert to go up to high country? Well, it’s because we have been receiving several unsettling reports of a hairy hoofed creature spotted in the general vicinity of Tahquitz Canyon. It seems to be something of a cross between Bigfoot and Goatman. And we are always suckers for a good Indian legend. Native Americans just know how to tell a scary story.

Tahquitz Peak on San Jacinto, Legendary Home of the Evil Tahquitz Demon

HERE IS ONE READER’S STORY

Amy from Victorville writes:

We had been hiking up on San Jacinto all day and it was getting late in the day so we were coming down. But we were still pretty high up. It was getting dusk and we were hurrying down before it was dark. My partner and I stopped for a minute to rest and drink some water when we spotted what looked like a hairy stooped over Bigfoot. No lie! We were shocked as he looked at us for about ten seconds and then sprang off on goat-like hooved feet! He must have been about 50 feet away from us but we know what we saw.

This creature was hairy and would have been about six feet tall if he had stood up straight but he was all stooped over like he was old maybe or had a deformity of his spine. I don’t know. It was weird and strange. He was making a low, guttural noise. It didn’t sound like he was happy to see us at all. I don’t know what we would have done if he had come toward us.

We hot footed it out of there after that and have not been back. Has anyone else seen this creature?

AND THEN THERE IS BOB FROM PALM SPRINGS

My brother and I were hiking on Mount San Jacinto in the early fall, 2020. We were trying to escape the pandemic and get some sanity by being back in nature. We were about two hours in the hike when we saw what appeared to be a bear about twenty yards away from us. So naturally, we were quite alarmed and started backing off.

It suddenly straightened up (sort of). He looked right at us with these beady red glowing eyes, making a loud, rough growling sound. It was still rather hunched over and not perfectly straight but it was big! Scared us you know what! We high tailed it back down the mountain. I don’t know what it was but it wasn’t a bear and it wasn’t human. It was pure evil.

We won’t go back without pepper spray or a gun, scared us to death. I have hiked for thirty years and never saw anything like that in my life.

THE LEGEND OF TAHQUITZ

What is it about an Indian legend that we love? According to the local legends of the Cahuilla, Kumeyaay, and Luiseno Native Americans of Southern California, Tahquitz is a spirit who makes his home on Mount San Jacinto. The legends vary somewhat but all seem to focus on the fact that Tahquitz is a bad spirit indeed, evil even. Most stories paint him as a devil or spirit of death who steals people and possibly even their souls. It is said that he even eats his victims up there on the mountain.

You might find Tahquitz in the form of a meteor or lightning bolt if you venture up San Jacinto. He can also be seen as a green fireball on the mountain at times.

Tahquitz Canyon is on the Aqua Caliente Reservation. It is an important area to the native people so be respectful if you go there.

Here is the Cahuilla Version of Tahquitz

Mukat, the Creator, formed Tahquitz to be the first shaman. As we know, shamans are the equivalent of physicians and healers in Indian tribes. As the main shaman, Tahquitz was to use his power for good and not evil. Tahquitz was the guardian spirit of all shamans, mentor if you will to ALL shamans, and his job was to give similar power to the Native American tribal shamans to do good and to heal.

However, Tahquitz started using this power for evil, even harming the people that he was supposed to help and protect. Naturally, the Cahuilla people were mad about this and so banished him to a canyon now called Tahquitz Canyon. Tahquitz climbed high up the San Jacinto Mountains and found a cave to live in, high up on a rock face that is now known as Tahquitz Peak.

His spirit still can be found in the canyon, sometimes as a streaking green fireball or as lightning bolts across the sky. He can be heard deep inside the San Jacinto Mountains, rumbling and vibrating, causing rock slides, and all manner of destruction.

If you are brave enough to hike the Canyon, go to the Cahuilla website and look for the details on hiking Tahquitz Canyon. It is on the reservation and you will need to pay a fee and have permission to hike there.

http://www.aguacaliente.org

Well, we don’t quite know what to say about Bob and Amy’s encounter, if this was from the Indian legend Tahquitz himself, or just some hairy misfit, living out his pandemic days on the mountain.

What is your take on this? Let us know what you think and if you have seen similar stuff.

As Always Filling in for Madam X,

Jaja

Is Aztlan the Real Atlantis?

Is this Atzlan?

Hello dear Readers,

We have had several inquiries recently about whether or not Aztlan is actually Atlantis. Could the mysterious and mystical Aztland actually be the true Atlantis?

And if not, where the heck was Aztlan anyway? Therefore, we continue to research this and get information to you, dear readers.

A quick update on Madam X indicates that she is now trekking the Appalacian Trail (we know!). Is it even safe during this time of pandemic? Is she wearing a mask? No one knows. She doesn’t check in! Staff here at HQ continue to plod along, attempting to answer your questions and research bizarre and unexplainable happenings in the desert.

Anyway, to our question of the ages:

Was Aztlan Actually Atlantis?

The Aztecs of Mexico had one of the most powerful empires of the ancient Americas. That is not in question. There is a great deal known about the Aztecs. We know, for example, that the Aztecs lived close to Mexico City. However, there is not so much known about where and how they got started.

So… the legend of Aztlan continues. Was it a real location and if so, is it the site of the real Atlantis? Or is it just another myth?

Aztlan was where the Aztec people emerged from the earth through seven caves at Chicomonstoc. The legend says  that seven tribes emerged from this earthly portal – the Acolhua, Chalca, Mexica, Tepaneca, Tlahuica, Tlaxcalan, and Xochimilca peoples. These tribes left the Chicomoztoc caves and settled at Aztlan.

Quetzalcoatl Temple in Mexico. Postcard. Is this part of the lost Atlantis?

What does Aztlan EVEN Mean?

Aztlan in Nuahuatl (ancient language of the Aztec people) means “place of cranes” or “place of whiteness” (referring to the cranes’ white feathers). One legend says that it is located northwest of the Aztec capital (Tenochititlan) and was an island rising from a lake.

The Aztecs lived at Atzlan until a further migration took them to Tula. Tula is located about 50 miles north of Mexico City. Tula is further believed by some to be Tollan, the legendary capital of the Toltecs.

Is the Atlantis Theory Valid or Just Crazy Talk?

There is some validity to the theory that Aztlan was Atlantis. For example, the words Atlas and Atlantic are not European words. There is no similar etymology in any European language.

Atl in Nahuatl language means water.  No surprise there. It is in the indigenous languages of the Americas that we find all of the atl words – atlan meaning “border of or in water” and is where we get the word Atlantic. There is also the word atlaca meaning “to emerge from water” and atlas is, of course, the origin of the word Atlas.

There are many other similar Atlantis-sounding place names all through the Americas.

Quetzalcoatl Temple from Postcard. Does this look like Atlantis imagery to you?

Then Where Did Aztlan Go?

Our theory here at HQ is that it was an island which was also destroyed and then sunk to the bottom of the lake underneath what is now Mexico City.

Other scholars claim that it was not in the area around Mexico City at all, but in the Four Corners region of the U.S. Southwest.

Yet another theory says that Aztlan was in Utah. Cecilio Orozco has written two books on this subject, “the Book of the Sun, Tonatiuh” and “Las Letras del Licenciado Alfonso Rivas Salmon.” Orozco said that he found evidence of a glyph in Sego Canyon in Utah from around 500 B.C. which corresponds to the Aztec calendar.

Yucatan Pyramid Postcard. Could this be part of a lost Atlantis?

Whoa… Blythe, California?

Another theory is that Aztlan is today’s Blythe, California, but we will save that theory for more in-depth discussion. Be reading Alfredo Acosta Figueroa’s fascinating book “Ancient Footprints of the Colorado River: La Cuna de Aztlan” so you can be prepared for that exciting historical discussion.

Like all of the mysteries of the Southwest, this one continues to stymy and perplex the scholars and conspiracy-theorists.

Atlantis has been claimed to be Aztlan, somewhere in  Mount Shasta, under Sedona, and destroyed in the Bermuda Triangle. These are just a few. Send us your favorite wild theory on where Atlantis is or was !

We will probably never know the mysteries of Atlantis but may be able to someday unravel the mysteries of Aztlan with your help, dear and faithful readers.

Stay tuned!

Climately Challenged Yours –

JaJa standing in for Madam X

Thanks to these websites for some helpful information about Aztlan:

mexica.net/nahuatl/map.php

https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-myths-legends-americas/lost-city-aztlan-legendary-homeland-aztecs-002550http://ancient origins

Looking for Pancho’s Lost Gold in Yuma, Arizona

Yuma County has lots of stories about lost gold and the men who searched for them. This story comes from Thomas Penfield’s book, “Dig Here!” and tells a wild tale about an Indian named Pancho and his lost gold mine.

It seems Pancho was a Tonto Apache Indian on the San Carlos Reservation in northeastern Arizona with a good friend named Jose Alvarado, When Pancho’s young son became seriously ill, Jose’s family nursed him back to health.

The Alvarado family moved to Palomas in Yuma County, in the southwestern part of the state, before Pancho could repay Jose for his kindness.

Pancho went to visit Jose in Palomas and told him about a lost gold mine nearby and that he would take him there as gratitude for caring for his son. Jose agreed to meet but brought his friends, not a great idea, as the buddies immediately started causing trouble. Pancho and Jose agreed to split up, but not before arranging a secret rendezvous for later.

At the rendezvous, Jose once again shows up with his friends making it impossible for Pancho to show Jose the exact location of the lost gold mine. However, Pancho gave Jose explicit instructions on how to find the treasure. The men camped there for the night but Pancho snuck away that night. Jose never saw him again.

Jose never did look for the gold for whatever reason. However, on his death bed, he did divulge the location to his son. It was near the second meeting place where they camped and beside a dry wash. A pair of deer antlers was a marker for the location.

The son searched and searched but never found the hidden treasure of the lost gold mine.

The location according to “Dig Here!” Is somewhere on or near the Little Horn Mountains in northern Yuma County or the southern end of La Paz County.

Fact or Fiction? Hard to know as the Native Americans loved to tell white people tall tales about lost gold and hidden treasure. This is a legend told by both the Apaches and Indians in the Yuma area. There is a lot of gold mining done in Yuma and La Paz Counties.

The Grand Canyon of Arizona

Hopi Indians at the Grand Canyon, Fred Harvey Photograph from an old postcard

It was the Hopi Indians who directed the Spanish, Coronado’s lieutenants, to the Grand Canyon in 1540.

The Indians in the picture are descendants of this tribe, whose reservation is close to the Grand Canyon. They gaze with admiration upon this vast indescribable expanse of grandeur, one mile deep and 13 miles across at this point.

What about this Area of UFO Unrest – Dolan Springs AZ

Gentle Readers,

Madam X is back in the Mojave with another installment of the weird and untimely. And what better place to start than Dolan Springs?

Who would have thought it?

Who would have thought this guy was a UFO Spiritual Master?

UFO Religious Leader
A. Able

Not many people would take Dolan Springs, Arizona, as a hot bed of UFO unrest but then, there is is.

In the early 1990’s oldtimers in the area spoke of UFOs coming out of a nearby mountain. The theory was that this was a top secret military air base and those weren’t really alien-type UFOs from another planet, but our country’s own top secret military aircraft.

And yet, here we are thirty years later and the USA is still not using any saucer shaped air vehicles to transport soldiers around in OR using in a military capacity OR using for drone strikes. Or anything.

In the 1990’s, you could join the SULC

Then during the 1990’s, in comes a fellow determined to ramrod and harness these theories and sightings into possibly a money making enterprise. A man known as Mr. A. Able started his own church in Dolan Springs, called the Space Universal Life Church aka SULC with the mantra “Discover a new happiness!” For a time, the church did have members and was actually constructing a church building in Dolan Springs but that project was abandoned.

Not much is known about Mr. Able and if he is still in the area or even what his first name was. Abel Able? Abraham Able? Bill Abel? There were rumors that he was a con man and slick land fraud salesman from Vegas.

However, given that there were multiple stories about all the UFOs that could be sighted on any good weekend merely by sitting outside in one’s backyard while drinking a beer, it seems unlikely that Mr. Able was simply cashing in on the phenomena.

We only bring this up because…

The stories and sightings stopped for a time in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Heck, for ALL of the 2000’s as far as we know. But we only even bring this up now because, yes, the rumors are starting again. There is something in the air in the early evening. late at night, and sometimes early morning in the Dolan Springs area. We have received multiple reports of (yup) saucer-shaped air vehicles zipping around in and out of the air space around the Dolan Springs area.

What about Dolan Springs?

Where the heck is and what the heck is Dolan Springs? Dolan Springs (just call it Dolan) is a small, population about 2,000 folks, just north of Kingman, Arizona, in Mohave County. Mohave County as you may recall is home to several paramilitary groups and was once the home of Timothy McVeigh, far right nutter who blew up the Federal Building in Oklahoma City with bulk fertilizer.

But I digress.. It is high desert and has some of the most beautiful Joshua Trees that you can imagine. California does not have the patent on pretty Joshua Trees, oh no. It is a beautiful area and bills itself as “the gateway to Lake Mead.” Further up the road is Meadview, with even less people.

When I had the opportunity to visit and work in and around Dolan Springs, it was a depressed area with a more elderly population. Now it has a range of ages with the 60 and older crowd making up about 30% of the population.

There was a high percentage of people who chose to “live off the grid” and subscribed to conspiracy theories in the 1990’s. So they were naturals to think they had seen UFOs. Yet the reports did seem high for an area with such a small number of people living there. And reports from all over, not just the same people over and over. And now the reports are coming in again. And again. And again.

No weekend rendezvous planned at this time

There were no nightime weekend rendezvous for Madam X and her entourage back in the early 1990’s or not even now I am sorry to say. Don’t think that we aren’t interested! We are. We really are. But it is just bad timing for us.

There you have it, dear reader, hopefully enough to wet your appetite to get out and actually LOOK at the sky, check out the moon and stars. Are there any space people out there? Flying crafts? Cigar-shaped objects orbiting the earth?

Stop washing your hands long enough to check out our world.

You see it, we share it.

Till next time,

Madam X

Conspiracy Theories

Dear Friends,

We have received a lot of questions lately about conspiracies and conspiracy theories. Here is one – not from the desert, unfortunately – but from Noble County in Oklahoma.

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Conspiracy Theory

Have a great day and contact us if you have a conspiracy theory that you would like to share.

Best wishes –

Avis Bacon for Madam X