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

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


By Tara MacIsaac Epoch 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.


Clovis is not a people, Clovis is a style of Spear Points, and the only people who used them were the Paleo-Americans and those were the lineal genetic ancestors of the modern Native American people. Not sure were you got that "Clovis People" were Cro-Magnons from the South of France!! Lol!! That they are is the simple fantasies of the European immigrant populations that now swarm in the ancestral Native American homelands.

I don't remember the Norse being particularly cannibalistic. OTOH, I've read speculation that the Clovis people may be related to the Cro Magnon of Southern France based on some of the similarities between their ritual goods.

I always wondered if it were possible that the white giants were early norse settlers that came across. As I understand norse people were bigger than average because of their diet so this could have lead to them being called giants by later generations - Also wasn't a long ship found in Tennessee a few years ago? Or was that another state?

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Giants and Titans of Creation. What do they represent?

Quote from Titans -

” In Classical Greek mythology, the Titans (and Titaness) were members of the second order of divine beings, descending from the primordial deities and preceding the Olympian deities. Based on Mount Othrys, the Titans most famously included the first twelve children of the primordial Gaia (Mother Earth) and Uranus (Father Sky). They were giant deities of incredible strength, who ruled during the legendary Golden Age, and also composed the first pantheon of Greek deities”.

Confusion of Gaia as “Mother Earth” -

“In Greek mythology, Gaia was the personification of the Earth and one of the Greek primordial deities. Gaia was the great mother of all: the primal Greek Mother Goddess; creator and giver of birth to the Earth and all the Universe; the heavenly gods, the Titans, and the Giants were born to her. The gods reigning over their classical pantheon were born from her union with Uranus (the sky), while the sea-gods were born from her union with Pontus (the sea)”.

Comment: Here the wiki-author of the text is inconsistent and contradictive. Gaia “as the great mother of all” and the “creator and giver of birth to the Earth”, cannot logically be interpreted as the Earth. The Earth doesn’t give birth to itself. Goddess Gaia represents quite another celestial realm and object.

Giants or Titans are the secondary deities of creation and their gigantic qualities and attributes must derive from “something large” which is observable in the Sky.

The largest celestial structure observable in the Sky are the white/light contours of the Milky Way, which can be observed all around the Earth. This is symbolized in cultural myths of creation as both large animals and large humanlike beings in the Sky.

If dividing the Earth hemispheres, we get two white significant mythical Milky Way contours. The southern Milky Way figure represents the Great Mother Goddess (Gaia, Hathor, Aprodite, Venus etc.) because of the Milky Way center in the star constellation of Sagittarius where the center of creation in the Milky Way is located. Link -

On the northern hemisphere, we have the white Great God of creation, seemingly revolving around the Earth celestial pole. Link -

These two gigantic white celestial figures appears in all cultural Myths of Creation and shall of course not be confused as “giants once lived on the Earth”. Unfortunately even native people have somewhat forgotten the real mythical and cosmological meaning of these gigantic white figures in the Sky.

Mythological Keys of Creation -

Ivar Nielsen
Natural Philosopher

Bernal Diaz, whose diaries chronicled Cortes' march to Tenochtitlan, writes at a stop along the way that natives produced a "human" thigh bone as long as a Spaniard was tall. The locals said that giants lived in the area years ago but were killed off because of their disagreeable natures.


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