Uktena

Freshwater Monster of North Carolina.

Etymology: Cherokee (Iroquoian), "keen-eyed."

Physical description: Diamondlike crest on the forehead, sometimes interpreted as horns or antlers. Rings or spots of color along its body. Behavior: Venomous. Sources: James Mooney, "Myths of the Cherokee," Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology 19 (1900): 297-300; Arlene Fradkin, Cherokee Folk Zoology: The Animal World ofa Native American P-'eople, 1700-1838 (New York: Garland, 1990).

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