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O-mah - Oh-mah - Omah U-mah - Tintah-k'iwungxoya'n
R ac ne oomah ah - Creek Devil – Boss of the Mountain

California Yurok Indian terminology, also spelled u’mah and other variations symbolizing a hair-covered boss of the mountain or in some instances, local creek devils that were once believed to poison streams in the Blue Creek region of the Siskiyou Wilderness of Northern California. U’ma’a also means a kind of sorcerer and his bundle of poisoned arrows, which is ancient usage as defined by the late Don Davis, who was once quoted as saying to Bobbie Short: “ The Yurok and Hoopa Indians of Northern California have known for a very long time about the strange hairy man-like giants they called OhOhmah (my own spelling from verbal coaching of a Yurok friend). Incidentally, it is a Yurok Indian that probably should get credit for the quoted reaction when first informed about the white man's interest in bigfoot by replying that it was interesting that the white man had finally gotten around to discovering this.” (The late Don Davis)

And this from the Hupa, Hoopa, Huppa and other Yurok nations: A man named “Vision Rider” of the Hupa Tribe wrote me on 2 Aug 1999 saying, “I am a registered tribal Member of the Hupa tribe in Northern California, Humboldt County. I have had several incidents concerning bigfoot or as the creature is called by the elders, “tintah-k'iwungxoya'n,” - A big word for a big creature; it refers to the hair-covered boss of the mountain” or to some Natives as a creek-devil and r ac ne oomah ah , the latter is another spelling variation of omah. …Bobbie Short

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