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Legendary Native American Figures: Unktehila (Unktehi, Uncegila)

Name: Unktehila
Tribal affiliation: Dakota and Lakota Sioux
Alternate spellings: Uncegila, Unhcegila, Unktehi
Pronunciation: varies by dialect. Unktehila is pronounced oonk-tay-hee-lah.
Type: Horned serpent, snake spirit
Related figures in other tribes: Unktena (Cherokee), Mishi-Ginebig (Ojibway), Mehne (Cheyenne), Apotamkin (Passamaquoddy)

Unktehila is the horned water serpent of Lakota and Dakota mythology. It is the diametrical opponent of the Thunderbird Wakinyan, and there are many legends about epic fights between the two.

Unktehila Stories

*Uncegila's Seventh Spot:
    Lakota Indian legend about the water monster Uncegila.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

The Sons of the Wind:
    Good collection of Sioux legends told by a Lakota author.

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Additional Resources

 Singing for a Spirit
 Lakota stories
 Lakota language
 Dakota pronunciation
 Native Americans in South Dakota
 Plains Indian tribes
 Examples of the Siouan language



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