According to ancient legend, in North America once lived a race of giants who were much taller and stronger than the average person. These giants, the red-blooded tribe of cannibals known as Si-Te-Ka, often plagued the tribe with the war and took their victims to eat.
After many years of conflict, the tribes of Paiut united to destroy S-te-Ka. When the battle continued, the last of the red-haired giants was pursued in the cave of Payutami. They demanded that the giants leave immediately, but they refused. As a retribution paiyutta set fire to the cave with fiery arrows, suffocating and burning the life of Si-Te-Ka.
Because of the earthquake, the entrance to the cave eventually collapsed, leaving it only accessible to bats. These bats produced an abundance of guano, a valuable ingredient of gunpowder. This discovery of guano led many people back to the cave Lovelock, also known as the Cave of the Bats, the Horseshoe Cave, the Cave of Sunset Guano and the Indian Cave. Cave Lovelock is located about 20 miles south of Lovelock, Nevada.
In 1911, Sunset Guano Mining was created specifically for the extraction of guano. During the extraction process, several artifacts were found, including bones, baskets and weapons. In 1924, archaeologists were notified of these artifacts. And although some of them were lost or destroyed, more than 10,000 people were successfully restored. Two of the successfully restored artifacts included a male and female mummified red giant. The male giant measured 8 feet in height, and the giant female measured 6.5 feet in height.
Remnants of red-haired giants were not found in the cave of Lovelock. In 1931, two giant skeletons were discovered near Lovelock, Nevada, at the bottom of Lake Humboldt. One of the skeletons was 8.5 feet high, and the other was almost 10 feet high. In 1939, another giant skeleton was found on Friedman’s ranch, 7 feet 7 inches in size.
Several exhibits can be seen in Winnemucca, Nevada in the Humboldt Museum. Unfortunately, the red-haired giant skulls arent on the public display. However, if you ask them to view, you probably can do it.
175 Museum Ave.
Winnemucca, NV 89445