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Legendary Native American Figures: Uktena
Tribal affiliation: Cherokee
Alternate spellings: Uk'tena, Unktena, Ukatena, Uktin, Uhktena
Also known as: Antlered Serpent
Type: Lake monster, serpent
Related figures in other tribes: Sintholo (Choctaw),
Big Water Snake (Blackfoot),
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.
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.
Seeking the Corn Mother's Wisdom
Cherokee language lessons
Iroquoian language family
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