….. To make a very long story short, Ka’nax, the chief of the Chilukikaw Nation … was a young and handsome man. Chief Ka’nax had heard the story told of the very beautiful girl, and he thought to himself, I will find this woman and she shall become my wife.
….. But, oh hear, here is what happened. ….
Lqolix on returning to her home on the mountain across from the river, had a long talk with her parents. They were happy to see her wearing her snow cape. She told them about Ka’nax vowing to come back for her and how worthless his vow was. She had given him her precious snow cape as security on herself. He had then made love to the Bird Princess and had given her the snow cape.
Lqolix’s father put his arm around her and said, “Darling, you are young and young lovers often find their promises broken. You are very fortunate to have found out that his word was untrustworthy before marriage than afterwards.”
Lqolix replied, “Dear Father, I am not concerned about myself, but for the Bird Princess and Na’gon. Ka’nax will stop at nothing. He will have his executioner behead Na’gon and destroy the Bird Princess. Please stop him from ever coming up the river again.”
This was a big request Lqolix had made and he wished to carry it out, and as god of the Mountain Way-ye-ast he could destroy the Chilluckittiquaw Nation by burying it under molten lava; however, this would kill innocent people in punishing their chief; he was the only one needing punishment. This placed a great burden on the mountain god. Ka’nax must be stopped from coming up the river with his warriors; so Lqolix’s father went into the bosom of his Wa-ye-ast and from there he conversed with the god of Pah-to Ipakxal. Both gods knew that the chief Ka’nax must be stopped from coming up the river again. The gods agreed to join in the plan together and when the moon became directly overhead, each mountain would open their tops and hurl large boulders at the mountain bridge, causing it to collapse into the river.
That night while the moon was high a tremendous ground shaking crash awoke the sleeping Chilluckittequaw Nation and the mighty river stopped flowing past Che-che-op-tin.
…..”Ka’nax with his counselor To’iha were determined to see what happened to his mountain bridge, so together they climbed a high mountain peak to it’s very top and while standing there side by side looking at the fallen bridge, they became so terrified that they became petrified and can still be seen standing side by side on top of this mountain peak, from near Stevenson or from Cascade Locks.”
From Attwell, Jim. 1973. Tahmahnaw : the Bridge of the Gods. Skamania, Wash. : Tahlkie Books. p. 32-33, 60-62.