The Ancient Giants of Nevada and The Mystery of Lovelock Cave

Was North America once inhabited by a race of giants? According to an old legend supported by several challenging archaeological finds, it is possible.

Many Native American tribes tell stories about the long-forgotten existence of a race of humans that were much taller and stronger than ordinary men. These giants are described as both brave and barbaric and legends often mention their cruelty towards whomever they pleased.

The Paiute, a tribe that settled in the Nevada region thousands of years ago, have an outstanding legend about a race of red-haired giants called the Si-Te-Cah. The ancestors of the Paiute described them as savage and inhospitable cannibals.

In the Northern Paiute language, ‘Si-Te-Cah’ literally means ‘tule-eaters.’ Legend has it that the giants came from a distant island by crossing the ocean on rafts built using the fibrous tule plant.

As odd as it may sound, this legend repeats itself all over the Americas, suggesting it might be an incomplete chronicle of a real event that happened long ago.

In Crónicas del Perú, sixteenth century Spanish conquistador Pedro Cieza de León recorded an ancient Peruvian tale about the origin of the South American giants. According to legend, they “came by sea in rafts of reeds after the manner of large boats; some of the men were so tall that from the knee down they were as big as the length of an ordinary fair-sized man.”


Could the giants of Peru and the Si-Te-Cah have been survivors of a massive cataclysm who took refuge on the American continent?

Legend tells that the Si-Te-Cah waged war on the Paiute and all other neighboring tribes, spreading terror and devastation. Finally, after years of conflict, the tribes united against the common enemy and began to decimate them. The last remaining red-haired giants were chased off and sought shelter inside a cave. The tribes started a fire at the cave entrance, suffocating and burning alive the Si-Te-Cah. Those driven out by the smoke were also killed.


The tribes then sealed off the mouth of the cave so that no one might set eyes on those who had once plagued their land. They were all but forgotten until a random event brought them back to light.

In 1886, a mining engineer named John T. Reid happened to hear the legend from a group of Paiutes while prospecting near Lovelock, Nevada. The Indians told him that the legend was real and the cave was located nearby. When he saw the cave for himself, Reid knew he was onto something.

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  1. So the Indians told him , an he told the got an they paid his sorry ass money an they took the giant skeleton s

  2. If indeed there were giant skeletons, they would not be kept “secret”. This is nothing but foolishness.

  3. Wonder if there’s any way to check their blood type.. rh- or rh+? Would be very interesting to find out.

  4. Where are the six fingers? The custom of Native Americans holding up their hand and saying “How” was because in obtaining a response they were seeing if the oncomimg person was a five fingered friend or six fingered foe .

  5. Hmm, I recommend Adrienne Mayor’s book “Fossil Legends of the First Americans.” Native Americans saw a lot of ancient fossils, of prehistoric mammals and of dinosaurs. So did people of the old world, and there’s good reason to believe that the Greek legend of the battle between the Gods and Giants, which ended with the destruction of the giants who were hurled down into the earth, was inspired by the fossils of mammoths, mastodons, and other megalofauna of the miocene and pliocene eras. The bone of a mammal, out of context, as fossilized bones often are, can look a lot like a human bone, and might be mistaken for the bone of an enormous human.

  6. These things are real. I’m native American and I live there my younger years. My great grandmother told me stories about our tribe killing these things. They was black bearded giants and red haired ones. They eat and take what they want.

  7. To publicize such finding would have a direct effect on our believe system as we now know it. If you read the book of Enoch you would know why. Angles were supposed to be spiritual beings right? How cold they be so attracted to the daughters of man enough to take them as wives? Only flesh and blood things are interested in such humanly desires. Every early painting of Adam and eve indicate they have belly buttons. How if they were born from earth and breath of life.

  8. You are quite right, with the exception of one single thing. The human skull. No bone in existance can be mistaken for a human skull upon close inspection.

  9. Because that has been the nature of mankind on this planet. Spread out and conquer.

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