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Legendary Native American Figures: Uktena

Name: Uktena
Tribal affiliation: Cherokee
Alternate spellings: Uk'tena, Unktena, Ukatena, Uktin, Uhktena
Pronunciation: ook-tay-nah
Also known as: Antlered Serpent
Type: Lake monster, serpent
Related figures in other tribes: Sintholo (Choctaw), Unktehila (Sioux), Maneto (Kickapoo), Big Water Snake (Blackfoot), Apotamkin (Passamaquoddy)

Uktena is a dragon-like horned serpent of Cherokee legend. The first Uktena was said to be transformed from a human man in a failed assassination attempt on the sun. Most other Uktena tales have to do with Cherokee heroes slaying one. They are malevolent and deadly monsters.

Uktena Stories

*Uktena:
    Cherokee myth about the origin and powers of the Uktena serpent.
*The Snake Boy:
    Cherokee legend about a boy who became an Uktena after his family rejected him.
*The Tlanuhwa and The Uhktena:
    Cherokee legends about the Tlanuwa and Uktena monsters.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

The First Fire:
    Anthology of stories from the Kickapoo, Cherokee, Kiowa, and Tigua tribes.
Southeastern Native American Legends:
    Book comparing the traditional stories of the Cherokee and other Southeast tribes.

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Additional Resources

 Seeking the Corn Mother's Wisdom
 Cherokee mythology
 Cherokee language lessons
 Cherokee words
 Cherokee names
 Kentucky tribes
 Southeast tribes
 Iroquoian language family



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