One cannot help but be impressed when first seeing Mt. Shasta. It is a massive and imposing mountain that dominates the landscape for many miles around it. For many people, the mountain also seems to dominate their very inner being with a siren call that stretches out across invisible astral pathways drawing them in through time and space.
This psychic connection between man and mountain has existed as long as their have been people living in the area around the mountain. The major indigenous peoples of this area were the Shastans, Achumawi, Atsugewi, Wintu, and Modoc. These peoples all lived within the mountain’s influence. The Achumawi and Atsugewi called the mountain “Yet,” the Wintu referred to it as “Behem Puyok,” the Modoc identified Mt. Shasta as “Melaikshi,” and the Shasta people called the mountain Withassa, or Wai-i-ki.