Guide to Classroom Names

The Gardner School classrooms share the names Native Americans gave to the Area Mountains. The guide below gives a brief description of each name.

MAZAMA
Crater Lake
Preschool

The Klamath Indians of the Pacific Northwest tell a legend about a fight between two chiefs. “Llao” was the chief of the Below World and stood at Mount Mazama in Oregon. “Skell” was the chief of the Above World and stood at the summit of Mt. Shasta in Northern California. The two chiefs fought, throwing rocks and flames at each other. Llao was injured and fell into Mt. Mazama creating a huge hole. Over time that hole filled with water and is now known as Crater Lake.

KALAMA
Eruptive period of Mt. St. Helens
Kindergarten

Mt. St. Helens is a young mountain. It is also one of the most active volcanoes in the Cascades. The volcano has been extensively studied and its eruptive history is known with great clarity. Scientists divide the history of Mt. St. Helens into four periods. The Kalama eruptive period began in the winter or early spring of 1479-1480. Many Native American legends describe vividly the volcanic activity of the Kalama period.

LOOWIT
Mt. St. Helens
Grade 1 and 2

Native cultures in the Pacific Northwest, such as the Salish and Klickitat Indians, called Mt. St. Helens “Loo-Wit Lat-kla” (fire mountain or smoking mountain). According to Indian legend, Loowit (Mt. St. Helens) was once a beautiful maiden. When two sons of the Great Spirit fell in love with her, she could not choose between them. The two braves, “Wy’East” (Mt. Hood) and “Pahto” (Mt. Adams) fought over her, throwing fiery rocks at each other and causing earthquakes. The Great Spirit was furious: he smote all three and erected a mighty mountain peak where each fell. Because Loowit was a beautiful maiden, her mountain (Mt. St. Helens) was a beautiful, symmetrical cone of dazzling white.

WY’EAST
Mt. Hood
Grades 3 and 4

Wy’East was one of the young braves who fought with Pahto for Loowit’s love. When the Great Spirit destroyed Wy’East, he erected a strong, tall mountain that lifts its head in pride. That mountain is now known as Mt. Hood.

KLICKITAT
Mt. Adams
Grades 5 and 6

Klickitat is the mountain that the Great Spirit erected when he felled Pahto. While Mt. Hood stands tall and proud, Klickitat (Mt. Adams), wept to see the beautiful maiden Loowit wrapped in snow, so he bends his head as he gazes on Mt. St. Helens.

TAHOMA
Mt. Rainier
Grades 7 and 8

Mt. Rainier holds a multi-dimensional place in American Indian tradition and belief. The Nisqually and Puyallup tribes considered Mt. Rainer a woman. She is beautiful and loving, but she is also cranky and quarrelsome, too. Different tribes called Rainier by different names, but one of the best known was “Tahoma.”

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Early Childhood Back To School – Mazama and Kalama

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PTO Meeting

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Literacy in Early Childhood

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Klickitat and Tahoma Curriculum Night

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Board Meeting

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