Lovelock, Nevada, is about eighty miles northeast of Reno. in 1911, in a cave near Lovelock, Nevada guano miners found
mummies, bones, and artifacts belonging to a very tall people - with red hair.
ThelPaiutes had legends about the "Si-Te-Cah." According to them the redheads were a warlike people, and a number of the
Indian tribes joined together in a long war against them. Eventually, the Paiutes and their allies forced the Si-Te-Cah back to their
home acres, near Mount Shasta in California.
Archeologists seemed to take a negative approach to this 'history changing' discovery. . According to reports, two archeologists
were sent to the scene to investigate this remarkable discovery. . One was from the University of California, and the other from
New York. Rather than unearthing facts, they seemed more interested in burying them - literally; we are told the New Yorker
ordered a mummy reburied on at least once occasion. Nor was anything published about the anomalies until 1929, seventeen
years after their visit.
Paiutes says that the Si-Te-Cah literally lived on a lake in the basin overlooked by the cave. The lived on the lake to avoice
harrassments from the Indians, living on the rafts made of a fibrous water plant called tule. The name Si-Te-Cah means "tule
The Paiutes and the long-legged redheads did not get along well. The Indians accused the Si-Te-Cah of being cannibals, and
waged war against them. The Si-Te-Cah fought back. After a long struggle, a coalition of tribes trapped the remaining Si-Te-Cah
in what is now called Lovelock Cave. When they refused to come out, the Indians piled brush before the cave mouth and set it
aflame. The Si-Te-Cah were annihilated.
The local Indians tell stories of how the tribe exterminated those that had reddish hair.
All of this could be dismissed as another tall tale, but the case for the Si-Te-Cah does not rest on one man's research, or on
remains found in one guano-filled cave. In 1931, mummies wee discovered in the Humboldt Lake bed. Eight years later, a mystery
skeleton was unearthed on a ranch in the region. In each case, the skeletons or mummies were exceptionally tall and appeared to
be connected with the strange lost race of redheads.
According to the Indians, the Si-Te-Cah built a pyramidal stone structure in New York Canyon, some miles away in Churchill
County. Unfortunately, the area is riven with earthquakes and the rocky ruins have largely tumbled over the years.
Not much has survived from the Si-Te-Cah. When the archeological establishment refused to take their existence seriously, a
number of small, private museums arose to fill the gap. A fire in one of these destroyed an irreplaceable collection of bones,
mummified remains, feathered artifacts, and shells carved with mysterious symbols. Today there is a museum in Lovelock with a
display describing the cave finds, but it ignores allegations that the Si-Te-Cah were anything other than Indians. The Nevada
State Historical Society has some artifacts from the cave, but again, there is not even a hint of controversy