An entire generation of Oregonians might have only one perception of Mount St. Helens: It's a hollowed-out, peakless mountain off in the distance in the state of Washington, thanks to the cataclysmic eruption on May 18, 1980.

But, Native Americans have another view, according to Dawson Carr, a curator for the Portland Art Museum. For members of the Cowlitz and Yakama tribes, reverence of the mountain goes back hundreds of years, and the day when Mount St. Helens erupted "was just another episode for them."