Loowit's Legend: The Story of the Columbia Gorge

Written by Erin K. O'Connell

Illustrated by Diana Thewlis

New children’s book tells the historic, local legend of the Columbia Gorge. The story explains the origin of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Saint Helens.

Showcasing handpainted, watercolor illustrations, this is a tale of two brothers, Pahtoe and Wy’East, who compete for the love of a beautiful maiden named Loowit.  In doing so, they defy the Great Spirit’s wishes and set the stage for the creation of the three of the Pacific Northwest's most notable mountains.


This beautifully-illustrated, 32-page children's story recounts the historic, local legend about the origins of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Saint Helens.  The book includes an educational inset that teaches children about the unique cultural heritage of the region and provides even more learning opportunities throughout the website. 


Loowit's Legend is a unique, local folk tale, complete with a valuable lesson for children.  With regional references on every page, this book is sure to become a local treasure and a popular souvenir throughout Oregon, Washington, and the Pacific NW.  A percentage of proceeds from the sale of every book will be donated to land conservation efforts throughout the region.