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Ancient Race of White Giants Described in Native Legends From Many Tribes

Ancient Race of White Giants Described in Native Legends From Many Tribes

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By Tara MacIsaacEpoch Times 

Several Native American tribes have passed down legends of a race of white giants who were wiped out. We’ll take a look at a few such legends, including those among the Choctaw and the Comanches of the United States down to the Manta of Peru. 


Horatio Bardwell Cushman wrote in his 1899 book “History of the Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Natchez Indians”: “The tradition of the Choctaws . . . told of a race of giants that once inhabited the now State of Tennessee, and with whom their ancestors fought when they arrived in Mississippi in their migration from the west. … Their tradition states the Nahullo (race of giants) was of wonderful stature.”

A Choctaw stick-ball player, depicted by George Catlin in 1834.

A Choctaw stick-ball player, depicted by George Catlin in 1834. (Public Domain)

Cushman said “Nahullo” came to be used to describe all white people, but it originally referred specifically to a giant white race with whom the Choctaw came into contact when they first crossed the Mississippi River. The Nahullo were said to be cannibals whom the Choctaw killed whenever the opportunity arose.


Chief Rolling Thunder of the Comanches, a tribe from the Great Plains, gave the following account of an ancient race of white giants in 1857: “Innumerable moons ago, a race of white men, 10 feet high, and far more rich and powerful than any white people now living, here inhabited a large range of country, extending from the rising to the setting sun. Their fortifications crowned the summits of the mountains, protecting their populous cities situated in the intervening valleys.

 “They excelled every other nation which was flourished, either before or since, in all manner of cunning handicraft—were brave and warlike—ruling over the land they had wrested from its ancient possessors with a high and haughty hand. Compared with them the palefaces of the present day were pygmies, in both art and arms. …”

The chief explained that when this race forgot justice and mercy and became too proud, the Great Spirit wiped it out and all that was left of their society were the mounds still visible on the tablelands. This account was documented by Dr. Donald “Panther” Yates, a researcher and author of books on Native American history, on his blog.


Yates also writes of the Starnake people of Navajo legend, describing them as: “A regal race of white giants endowed with mining technology who dominated the West, enslaved lesser tribes, and had strongholds all through the Americas. They were either extinguished or ‘went back to the heavens.'”


In 1553, Pedro Cieza de León wrote in “Chronicle of Peru” about legendary giants described to him by the Manta indigenous people: “There are, however, reports concerning giants in Peru, who landed on the coast at the point of Santa Elena. … The natives relate the following tradition, which had been received from their ancestors from very remote times.

 “There arrived on the coast, in boats made of reeds, as big as large ships, a party of men of such size that, from the knee downwards, their height was as great as the entire height of an ordinary man, though he might be of good stature. Their limbs were all in proportion to the deformed size of their bodies, and it was a monstrous thing to see their heads, with hair reaching to the shoulders. Their eyes were as large as small plates.”

León said that the sexual habits of the giants were revolting to the Natives and heaven eventually wiped out the giants because of those habits.


The Paiutes are said to have an oral tradition that told of red-haired, white, cannibals about 10 feet tall who lived in or near what is now known as Lovelock Cave in Nevada. It is unclear whether this “oral tradition” about the so-called Sitecah giants existed or if it was an exaggeration or distortion of their legends made after the Paiutes were mostly killed or dispersed in 1833 by an expedition by explorer Joseph Walker.

Brian Dunning of Skeptoid explored Paiutes legends and found no mention of the Sitecah being giants. It seems there was, however, a people who practiced cannibalism and who lived in Lovelock Cave. Human remains have been found there, and a few of the human bones had the marrow removed, suggesting the marrow was eaten. Cannibalism seems to have been a rare practice among these peoples, however.

The remains do have red hair, but this may be because black hair can turn red with time. 

Lovelock Cave

Lovelock Cave (Bureau of Land Management/Public Domain)

The Humboldt River near Lovelock, Nevada, where the Sitecah people were said to live.

The Humboldt River near Lovelock, Nevada, where the Sitecah people were said to live. (Famartin/CC BY-SA)

Miners unearthed the artifacts in 1912, leaving them in a pile before eventually contacting the University of California. Anthropologist Llewellyn L. Loud traveled from the university to the site to investigate. It is commonly agreed that excavation of the site was not handled well and certainly not up to modern standards. But some proponents of the Sitecah giants theory say researchers have deliberately covered up any giant remains found there.

Featured image: Navajo Hogan, Monument Valley (public domain). Navajo legends speak of the Starnake, a race of white giants.

The article ‘Ancient Race of White Giants Described in Native Legends From Many Tribes’ was originally published on The Epoch Times and has been republished with permission.



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“About 13,000 years ago, more than three-fourths of the large Ice Age animals, including woolly mammoths, mastodons, saber-toothed tigers and giant bears, died out.”

Life grew to a maximum size when environmental conditions allowed this and since life has been reducing in size, logic suggests so have humans. There is a planetary model that suggests why and you will find the scientific model denoted as the cosmic drag theory. Discrepancies with data and observations can be corrected with this concept. I believe that animal evolution also correlates to the concept and is evidence that supports this model. An organic process of planetary motion suggests the planets move towards the sun and this change produces changing environmental conditions described through terrestrial evolution. When the Earth was further from the sun a year had 420 days as evident by coral fossils, seasons and a year would be longer, larger more cumbersome creatures would have existed. As we get closer to the sun we warm up, time is relatively shorter and so species change and adapt, get smaller, less hair, less blubber…..   

While exploring the book of Mormon. The history of people that came to America around 600 B.C. And also a second register from a civilization that lived in America descendants from the Babel tower. Describing the white (nephites) and dark color ( lamanites) people.

1 Nephi 12:23
23 And it came to pass that I beheld, after they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark, and loathsome, and a filthy people, full of idleness and all manner of abominations.

Mormon 5:15
15 And also that the seed of this people may more fully believe his gospel, which shall go forth unto them from the Gentiles; for this people shall be scattered, and shall become a dark, a filthy, and a loathsome people, beyond the description of that which ever hath been amongst us, yea, even that which hath been among the Lamanites, and this because of their unbelief and idolatry

15 And their curse was taken from them, and their skin became white like unto the Nephite

Alma 3:6
And the skins of the Lamanites were dark, according to the mark which was set upon their fathers, which was a curse upon them because of their transgression and their rebellion against their brethren, who consisted of Nephi, Jacob, and Joseph, and Sam, who were just and holy men.

These tales, especially that of the Comanche, must absolutely be describing Nephilim who were destroyed by the “great spirit” in a flood. How those Comanche know about it, however, is more puzzling.

Hi All,

I was raised on The Bible; so I thought Giant's were only in Canaan you know because of The Bible it never occurred too me they could be all over the World.

I found out from Book of Enoch how they originated in the long run which is why I was younger I rejected Enoch because I thought they were describing The Titan's of the Greek Stories.

Now from what I learned through Enoch; now, I think I understand more so The Book of Numbers and Joshua or small references in Genesis and Exodus too The Valley of The Rephalims.

That's all I have for now with this discussion, I'm sure, I'll have something more too share in a little while. Until, next time however, Everyone, Goodbye!

described seeing them, fight them and/or killing or being killed by them.  Some tribes of giants were larger than others.   Usually whenever giant’s bones were found they would be shipped off to the Smithsonian who then would destroy or dispose of them to preserve their secular narrative.   Giants spanned the globe and esp. North America.  A few museums in Peru have giant mummies and giant cone shaped skulls.   I’m just glad they weren’t naive enough to send them to someplace like they Smithsonian where they would be suppressed and destroyed.  


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