More about the Stone Woman, one of the most intriguing Eskimo legends ….
The Stone Woman figure is actually located about 50 air miles west of Dillingham in Alaska's Bristol Bay region. About one mile west of Right Hand Point is a small bay which locals have named "Stone Woman Bay". There, on a 70 foot bluff stands this lone, stone figure. From most angles, this figure does resemble a woman, wearing a long squirrel-skin parka with a baby riding in the hood. This is exactly how women carried their babies in centuries past.
Bristol Bay is home to the LAST AND GREATEST WILD SALMON fishery anywhere on our beautiful, green planet. With average total returns of over 40 million wild salmon, this fishery is where many of the indigenous people's earn the largest part of their personal income each year. All five of Alaska's wild Pacific salmon species return each year to spawn in their individual natal streams, then die.
SADLY, this last and greatest wild salmon fishery is faced with the destruction of its two largest natal salmon streams. The Pebble Mine project is in the process of being developed to the west of Illiamna Lake near salmon spawning streams. These streams then feed into Illiamna Lake which is drained by the Kvichak River. The Kvichak red salmon run was in the past, the largest single red salmon run in the entire Bristol Bay region. This red salmon run often topped 10 million fish.
West of the Pebble Mine project lies the Koktuli River, which drains into the Mulchatna River. The Mulchatna River then drain's into the Nushagak River, which then drains on down into the Nushagak Bay. Then on into the Bristol Bay estuary as does the Kvichak River.
The Pebble mine project will be an open-pit mine for gold, copper and molybdenum. The dangerous part of this project will be the HUGH DAMS built to hold the left-over toxic chemicals used in the gold extraction process. Man-made earthen dam's have a long history of breaking. This is made more questionable since that area is in an active earthquake zone.
Also, scientists have proven that the presence of copper particles in a river system has the effect of "short-circuiting" a salmon's ability to find its way back to its natal spawning stream. There is NO WAY POSSIBLE that the mining project will be able to stop the windblown toxic dust from blowing into the Illiamna Lake area, or into the Koktuli River and Mulchatna River drainage's. Williwaw winds in that area have exceeded 70 miles per hour.
There are recent events that have occurred to the Stone Woman. The most disturbing one that I heard recently is: Apparently the baby on her back fell off somehow and two outsiders loaded part of it into an airplane. Somewhere on their return, the airplane apparently crashed and both men were killed. I'm still in the process of verifying this story.
Most Eskimo legends have a moral, and with this one it is: "If you steal from the Stone Woman, YOU WILL HAVE VERY BAD LUCK !!!