before the Indians were created, their world was inhabited by a
race of giant First People, who were reasoning creatures with the
names of animals—is wide-spread among the natives of the North
The giant beings among these
ancients were sometimes animals in form, sometimes human, even in
the same story. Moveover, they were frequently super-animal and
super-human. They had many supernatural powers, including the ability
to transform themselves into anything they close. E.A.
Clark, "The Mythology of the Indians in the Pacific Northwest."
Oregon Historical Quarterly, September 1953. pp.175-76.