Unhcegila

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Unk Cekula The Lakota people believe this creature to be a serpent. Long ago the Lakota tribes of the Northwest had heard rumors, from neighboring tribes, that a nameless shadow had emerged from the icy waters of the far Northeast. In time the creature had come to the Black Hills (PahaSapa) seeking a new home in the mountains. Once he arrived and made a place in the mountains, he was the cause of chaos and fear. He was described at first as having no real shape or form; he had eyes of fire, and a fanged mouth that was shrouded in a smoky or cloudy mass. Over the many years in which he wreaked havoc in the hills, he was challenged by many warriors from the Lakota tribe. As time went on further, his form was exposed as being massive, with a long scaly body whose natural armour was almost impenetrable. His eyes burned with wrathful hunger, his claws were like iron, and his voice raged like thunder rolling in the clouds. For a time the creature co-existed with everyone, from the tribes to the Wamakaskan and the spirit beings. It was learned that the creature had offspring, and the tribes had to kill them when they began feeding on people.

In Lakota mythology, Unhcegila is a serpentoid creature which was responsible for many unexplained disappearances and deaths.[1] It is also related to the recently made up version of a Lakota Sioux Serpent named Unk Cekula, pronounced Unc-Check-Yula. This version was told to be a demon from the Eastern Nations, who rose from the icy waters of the northern Atlantic, and made his way to the prairie lands of the Lakota Sioux. He was slain after he ate the family of a great warrior from the bear clan. This warrior was told by a Weasel spirit that if he was to get swallowed by Unk Cekula, he could use his knife to cut his way out of the belly of the beast, and free the other victims.[citation needed]


In popular culture, a fictionalized version of the myth appeared in a Marvel Comics Presents story arc starring Wolverine (v. [2]).

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