Jon: I grew up across the street from one of the lakes this Minne monster has appeared in -- as the motto of Minneapolis is the "city of lakes" and there is a chain of lakes right in the city.
O.K. but here's the skinny -- I took to fishing everyday on my own as a kid on this lake. My mom told me that a monster did live in the lake -- I think she called it Walter based on the Golden Pond movie fish monster. Anyway I would go into fish trance -- well too young to know what it was. We had lots of critters at that time -- crawdads, a real monster snapping turtle that had a reward if anyone captured it, muskrats, etc.
So then when the go-go 80s kicked in a la Reagan's corporate-state welfare fascism, gradually I saw the lake ecology whither and die to be taken over by a massive killer weed explosion. So bad did this eutrophication kill the ecology that a monster weed wacker machine traveled the lake to cut up the weeds. No more turtles, crayfish or muskrats. Also I had eaten the fish as a kid but now realized anyone getting into the water got some crazy rash and the fish were advised against eating.
O.K. around this time my mom said the future would be environmental activism and through Sting I learn how the Amazon rainforest is being destroyed and then I go deep into radical environmental activism for the rest of my life. So ironically the city of Minneapolis and the state decide to put a highway expansion with light rail transit through the last "Big Woods" original maple-basswood forest.
O.K. here's where things get strange -- in 1995 I attended qigong master Effie P. Chow's amazing electromagnetic healing presentation. She blew the fuse in the room behind us at the University -- and then in 1996 I went to San Francisco where she lived -- to get more qigong details. Anyway in 1995 I was an Earth First! activist with the FBI tapping my phone and I woke up in the middle of the night from a dream more real and vivid than my waking vision!! I dreamt of my Earth First friends standing with Native Americans on the roof of a house, holding a banner to protect a wooded area.
So I wrote my dream down and wrote that I thought the dream would come true! Then three years later is when the city announced it was going to cut down the last Big Woods remnant in an area sacred to the Native Americans. My friends created an encampment called the Minnehaha Free State that was then raided by the largest militarized cop raid in Minnesota history. Anyway I saw a photo from the newspaper of my friends on the roof of a house with Native American activists holding a banner to protect the wooded area. Suddenly I got a strange feeling and found my old journal and realized my dream from three years earlier had come true in specific detail.
There is a monster in Minneapolis because then the city decided to spend $50 million to restore the ecology of the city lakes. O.K. $12 million per the EPA for all the lakes but the city has over $10 million funded for just one lake! Now since as a kid I grew up knowing better than anyone else the ecology -- I was there everyday in a trance fishing -- I saw how their yuppie war money planting native trees and wetlands still did not return the crawfish, muskrat and turtles. haha. But clearcutting a sacred forest is still considered progress. Amazingly the monster is "synthetic ecology" promoted at Oxford by Richard Dawkins, and the ecofascists in Minnesota like Cargill destroying the Amazon - Cargill is the world's largest private corporation controlling the food supply in 100 countries through massive CIA satellite collaboration and tax welfare. On Cargill's destruction of the Amazon
Ah but Minneapolis prides itself on its quaint yuppie image called "Minnesota Nice." That's eco-fascism and eco-porn. Minnie the monster definitely lurks in Minneapolis. This Earth First! Journal pdf timeline lists the Minnehaha Free State and Minnesota blockage by Big Woods EF!
A new local non-profit radio documentary on Cold Water Springs, a sacred site in the former Big Woods forest
Ah the doc interviews Jim Anderson of the Dakota -- I got arrested with him in a protest against the destruction of the Big Woods. I also did the research showing how the 1805 treaty between the Dakota and the U.S. government was never valid - the land is still owned by the Dakota. After I presented my research to the judge at our trial after arrest -- Jim Anderson came up to me and said: Wow I didn't know that. haha. I had passed out my report at the Minnehaha Free State encampment and urged my friends to pass it on to the Native American activists -- but I can see how reading a dry graduate paper in an Earth First! blockade would not be a top priority.
2. On the nature of Unktehi, there is, in fact, plenty of evidence in James R. Walker’s Lakota work about the multiple nature of Unktehi as a power for good and ill for the Lakota. One remarkable account that is included in his book Lakota Myth (p. 130-33) was obtained from an Oglala man named Left Heron. It tells of “the Mysterious Lake,” the place known as Mde Wakan or Mille Lacs, around which many Dakota and Lakota communities were located for centuries. The account tells of the Unktehi who lived in the lake and wished to marry the daughter of the chief of the people who lived there.The Unktehi said: “I have nothing to give you but if you will put the seed of things that are good in the water and in the earth, they will grow and you can have plenty to eat.” The Lakota chief agreed and as a result the Unktehi taught the Lakotas about how to grow things on the shore of the lake:
So Unktehi is the original lake monster of Minnesota.
This blog history site has more details
The form of the Oantayhee, Onkteri, is like that of the ox, and he is covered with a similar coat of hair. His eyes are like the moon in size and his horns he can instantly extend at his pleasure, so that they will reach the sky. This is also true of his tail. Awful destructive powers–wakan powers, are in the horns and tail. There are many of them both male and female, and propagate their kind like animals. The earth is animated by the spirit of the female, while the dwelling place of the of the male is in the water. It is on this account that the Dakotas address their prayers to the earth as their Grandmother, and the water as their Grandfather.
As powerful and terrible might be the power of the Unktehi, as described here, they also had great creative power. The article that the Unktehi was key in one of the Dakota creation stories, involving a great flood, and how after that “he then proceeded to institute the much celebrated Medicine or Wakan Dance.”
Yeah that has amazing info -- on how the Minnesota Park Service is claiming the sacred spirit at Coldwater Springs is being twisted in meaning for political purposes which are just as bad as the neo-colonial destruction of the Big Woods -- yet as this blog points out the Park Service has not even acknowledged the original Western research on the Dakota origin spirit-animal.
O.K. this google review has at page 262 the Dakota medicine dance