The Lovelock Caves-Red Headed Giants?

posted Dec 4, 2012, 3:04 PM by Barbara Powell   [ updated Apr 21, 2015, 5:22 PM by Barbara Powell ]
     Lovelock Caves has been an archaeological site for many years.  Most of the artifacts are in collections outside of Nevada.  People can access the site, though little remains there.  Just the energies of people who a thousand years ago were invaded by other peoples.  They lost.  Their last stand was at the Lovelock Caves.  For the winners the place became taboo.  Not all tribes, but some, had a tradition against being around that area.  They said it was a place of death and best left alone.
    Red headed giants?  More than Sarah Winnemucca told stories about them.  I heard about them long before I read Sarah Winnemucca's book.  So, there has bewen a long standing tradition about them.  The story always ended the same way.  The giants were burned alive in that cave.  More death.
    The artifacts tell a somewhat different story.  They show a culture that thrived around the ancient lakes for hundreds of years.  The lakes provided reeds that they wove into baskets and twine.  In fact, the duck decoys are amazing, very realistic, and, also made of reeds.   This replica is in the Humboldt Museum at Winnemucca Nevada.
    There were fish, and ducks for the taking.  And the lake people had the technology to harvest them.  So for decades, the caves sheltered life, and sheltered it well.  
    The invaders may have ultimately finished this culture, but, I suspect climactic changes may have weakened this society long before their last stand in the caves.  The glaciers had melted and their lakes were evaporating.  Something to think about now!