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Dwarf island mammoth

The extinct Channel Islands Mammoth died out shortly after the arrival of the first Native Americans

The haphap was a legendary monster among the Chumash and Mission Indians of Southern California and the Channel Islands. It may have been inspired by Channel Islands mammoth, an extinct species of Dwarf Elephant.

The late Pleistocene elephant appears to have survived on the islands until the arrival of the humans associated with Arlington Springs Man around 13,000 years ago and the last known mammoth occurrence was 13–12.9 thousand years ago.

Description[]

This giant monsters are described as wearing apron-like garments made from the wriggling bodies of rattlesnakes, and are said to be capable of inhaling with such force that nearby trees and rocks are sucked into their mouths. The most famous individual of the species is said to have made vast holes in the Santa Ynez mountain range before being killed by twin folk heroes known as the Thunders.

Legend[]

According to Micheal K. Ward, M.A "...the sucking monster Haphap, once chased the twin Thunders [Sixusus and Sumiwowo] through the Santa Ynez mountain range. As he did so, the Haphap sucked in great pieces of the land, spitting out rocks and dirt, thus creating gaps in the mountains that can still be seen. The twins later killed Haphap at what is now Laurel Canyon, as evidenced by the 'big, cracked rocks there.'"

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