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Native American Legends: Unktehila (Unktehi, Uncegila)
Tribal affiliation: Dakota, Lakota
Alternate spellings: Uncegila, Unhcegila, Unktehi
Pronunciation: varies by dialect. Unktehila is pronounced oonk-tay-hee-lah.
Type: Horned serpent,
Related figures in other tribes: Uk'tena (Cherokee),
Great Serpent (Ojibway),
Unktehila is the horned water serpent of Lakota and Dakota mythology. It is the diametrical opponent of the
and there are many legends about epic fights between the two.
Uncegila's Seventh Spot:
Lakota Indian legend about the water monster Uncegila.
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