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The Tuolumne Mewuk say:

In the beginning all noise came from water--running water. [Their word for shouting is Wah-kah-lah'-loo, derived from Wah-kah'-loo, river.]

The Northern Mewuk also say:

All noise came in the beginning from running water; the echo originally came from rapids or boisterous water.

Other tribes say:

Singing came from running water--the first song was sung by the creek.

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