Date: Wed, 13 Mar 1996 14:20:59 -0800
From: David Robertson net091[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RISCY.SFCC.CTC.EDU
Subject: Lakota word 'unhcegila'
Beg pardon if I'm absentmindedly sending this to the wrong list...
But, about 'unhcegila', I seem to recall Father Buechel defining it
as mastodon or woolly mammoth or some such. Explanation: "bones were
dug up to be used as medicine," I believe. I was always puzzled about
that, and don't know any Lakotas to ask. Regardless of the status of
'unhcegila' as a water demon or as Ice Age creature (--or both?
Interesting thesis--) does the word have some connection with terms for
peyote? And did Lakota peyote names originally mean something else?
Thanks to anyone who may be able to help on this;