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My Encounter With Tah-Tah-Kle’-Ah


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#1 JustSomeGuy

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 11:58 AM

Or Owl Woman.

A friend of mine claimed to frequently see them in an area of New Mexico so six of us decided to go check it out just for giggles & we're all in the bottom of a deep arroyo when this huge black thing flies right over head & kept swooping for a few minutes & we're all unloading at this thing & we had to have been hitting it but bullets didn't seem to do a darn thing to it. So we're all just hunkered down terrified waiting for morning wondering if it's going to come back.

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 01:49 PM

Creepy, when did this take place?

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:51 PM

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 03:22 PM

How big was it? Are you sure it wasn't a bat or large bird? A hawk, an eagle, etc can seem very large if they startle you. So can a regular owl.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 04:43 PM

It could have been a Great Grey Owl, they have a wing span of 5 feet, and are mostly feathers, which would explain why shooting at it didn't seem to phase it, the bullets could of just gone through the feathers. Great Horned owls are huge too.
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Posted 22 April 2017 - 10:45 PM

Those types of birds are also quite known to be swoopy creatures and have attacked humans quite often too!
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Posted 30 April 2017 - 10:24 AM

View PostMrsFrootloops, on 21 April 2017 - 04:43 PM, said:

It could have been a Great Grey Owl, they have a wing span of 5 feet, and are mostly feathers, which would explain why shooting at it didn't seem to phase it, the bullets could of just gone through the feathers. Great Horned owls are huge too.

I certainly can't rule that out as a possibility (it was very dark) but the arroyo was easily more than 15 feet wide & it looked like this thing spanned nearly the entire width of it but again it was dark & this thing was moving very fast so.....I really hope it was an Owl but I don't think it was.

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 09:56 PM

Oh, I would be careful shooting willy nilly  into the air like that. Even though it is highly unlikely, the returning, falling bullets could penetrate human skin too. I had to google Tah-tah-kle'-ah I hadn't heard of the mythological creature.
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Posted 01 May 2017 - 08:43 AM

I lived in the southwest for many years and heard a lot about the owl woman, I never saw one myself. I have had a lot of strange encounters in the desert, it is a strange place.

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 12:56 PM

Can you guys tell us about the owl woman? I've never heard of her until Guy started this topic.
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Posted 01 May 2017 - 06:00 PM

She is a sort of shape shifting Witch.

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 09:57 PM

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Yakama legend tells of sinister cannibals called Tah-tah-kle' -ah, monstrous entities that nevertheless resembled tall humans. They would often trap people for food, but at one point, two Tah-tah-kle'-ah sisters decided instead to kidnap a young boy and raise him as their own. The boy endured several nights in captivity before he managed to escape.
Some time later, the cave of the Tah-tah-kle'-ah sisters grew red-hot and exploded. They and the other Tah-tah-kle'-ah died, killed by a supernatural force. The force that killed them preserved one of their eyes and used it to give the owls the power of night vision.

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Yakama Indian William Charley told this story to McWhorter about the Tah-tah kle' -ah (Owl-Woman-Monster) in 1918. "Before the tribes lived peaceably in this country, before the last creation, there were certain people who ate Indians whenever they could get them. They preferred and hunted children, as better eating. These people, the Tah-tah kle' -ah, were taller and larger than the common human. They ate every bad thing known such as frogs, lizards, snakes, and other things that Indians do not eat. They talked the Indian language, and in that way might fool the Indians. There were five of them, all sisters. But at the last creation they came up only in California. Two were seen there. They were women, tall big, women, who lived in a cave."

"One time the Shastas (Shasta Indians) were digging roots and camped. They knew that the two Tah-tah kle' -ah were about, were in that place. The Indians were careful, but the Tah-tah kle'-ah caught one little boy, not to eat, but to raise up and live with them. The boy thought he would be killed, but he was not. The Tah-tah kle'-ah had him several days...[One day], when they were out of sight, the boy hurried away. He ran fast, traveled over rough, wild places, and at last reached his own people... After many years the two Tah-tah-kle'-ah were destroyed. None knew how, but perhaps by a higher power. Their cave home became red hot and blew out. The monster-women were never seen again, never more heard of. but they have always been talked about as the most dangerous beings on earth. One other of the five sisters was drowned. From her eye, all owls were created. The person or power that killed her said to her, 'From now on, your eye will be the only part of you to act. At night it will go to certain birds, the owls'."

A Yakama Indian named Tam-a-wash told L. V. McWhorter this Tah-tah-kle'-ah story in 1919.

"Owl [Sho-pow'-tan] was the man. He was a big chief who lived at Po-ye-koosen. He went up the Naches [river?] to hunt deer. Many men went with him. They hunted all one sun, and when evening came, Owl did not return to camp. The hunters called to each other, "Owl is not here! Owl is away! Owl is lost!"

"Tah-tah-kle'-ah, the evil old woman with her basket, heard that call in the twilight, "Owl is lost!" And she said to her four sisters, "We must go hunt Owl who is lost from his people. We will get him for ourselves".

"Owl knew that Tah-tah-kle'-ah was coming for him; so he went up to a hollow place in the Tic-te' ah. You can see the trail that he traveled up the face of the rock to the cave high up in the wall of Tic-te' ah. Grass is growing along the narrow trail. You can see it when you are out from the rock where it winds up the cliff." km

"Owl had killed a deer. He filled the tripe with the blood of the deer. He heard Tah-tah-kle'-ah coming, and he knew she would kill him. He knew, and he placed the blood filled tripe in front of him... Tah-tah-kle'-ah entered the mouth of the cave. She looked. It was dark, but she saw it, the strange thing lying there. She did not know. She was afraid. She called to Owl, "Take it away! I do not like it!"

"Owl said, "No! That is something powerful, step over it." Tah-tah-kle'-ah did as told, stepped her foot over the tripe. Owl was ready. He did not get up. He sat there; and when the Tah-tah-kle'-ah stepped, he punched the tripe with his stick. He punched it often and it went, "Kloup! kloup! kloup!"

"Tah-tah-kle'-ah was scared! she screamed, threw up her hands, and fell from the cliff. The wana [river] ran by the base of the cliff, deep and swift. Tah-tah-kle'-ah fell into the water and was killed."

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