|Lawetlat'la (Mount St. Helens) is eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places as a Traditional Cultural Property (TCP) under Criterion A because it is directly associated with the traditional beliefs of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and the Yakama Nation regarding origins, cultural history, and nature of the world. Those beliefs are rooted in tribal history and are important in maintaining the cultural continuity of the tribal community. The Cowlitz name for Mount St. Helens is Lawetlat'la, which roughly translates to "the smoker" (Kincade 2004). The name itself identifies the eruptive character of the mountain. Other names recorded for the mountain include nsh' ak'w from the Upper Chehalis people, which translates as ""water coming out,"" and aka akn, a Kiksht (upper Chinookan) term for "snow mountain" (Rob Moore, personal communication, 2001). Knowledge of the mountain, its creation, and behavior has been passed down through generations of Cowlitz and Y akama through an oral tradition of myths and legends. Lawetlat'la is one of the first landform features created by Spilyai, or Coyote, a key figure of their creation myths. Other myths inform them of the nature of the relation between people, their environment, and the sacred, and tell ofhow Lawetlat'la came to be imbued with spiritual power. The myths offer lessons regarding personal conduct and cultural ideals, providing a window into traditional worldviews, or perceptions of reality, both physical and spiritual. Though the myth is of central importance in relating Lawetlat'la to Cowlitz spiritual beliefs, other aspects of cultural identity, such as traditional practices and rituals, and historic accounts of the mountain reveal its cultural-historical significance.