Bozho

Freshwater Monster of Wisconsin.

Etymology: Potawatomi (Algonquian), "hello." May also be a shortened form of the name of the Algonquian trickster figure Man-abozho.

Physical description: Serpentine. Long head and neck. Large eyes. Long tongue.

Distribution: Lake Mendota, Wisconsin. Significant sightings: On June 27, 1883, Billy Dunn and his wife encountered a huge, green snake with light spots that had to be beaten back from their rowboat with an oar and a hatchet.

In the autumn of 1917, a fisherman saw a head and neck 100 feet off Picnic Point.

Sources: "A True Snake St ory," Madison Wisconsin State Journal, June 28, 1883; 'West ern Lake Resor t s Have Each a Wat er Monster," Chicago Tribune, July 24, 1892; Char les E. Br own, Sea Serpents: Wisconsin Occurrences of These Weird Water Monsters (Madison: Wisconsin Folklore Society, 1942).

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