The Apache likened the hoodoo to human figures.  Their legend states that their Creator let loose a great deluge when he was upset with the earth and decided to start over.  He favoured the Apache and was willing to give them shelter.  However, a group of greedy and evil men took advantage of this and rushed up the hill without helping the young, the elders, or the women escape  from the approaching flood.  The Creator was so angry that he punished them by turning them into stone as they stood on the ridge.  Thus, the hoodoos are the petrified men who abandoned their tribe.