One oral tradition of the origin of the Yavapai claims the red rock country near Sedona as the “first creation” place of emergence. It tells that, long ago, all beings ascended into this world through the place now called Montezuma Well. From there, the Yavapai traveled and settled in every direction.  A second creation story describes how the people lived in the Underworld. A great flood came drowning the people. However, someone hollowed out a great pine tree into which a woman named Widapokwi entered and was sealed with pitch. She took food enough for many years and was instructed to look out until the log lay perfectly still when the flood was over. She then emerged on San Francisco Mountain and went south to the red rock country.​​