The Missing Ulun'suti, "the jewel," on the head of the Great Snake
It was just the other day when I slowed to look for a stone along a roadside, just yesterday when I looked at some photos from 2012. The stone has gone missing after an unknown number of years that this path has been called Quassapaug, a Moccasin Trail that became a modern road, just north of the Great Path that became the present day State Highway, George Washington's Grand Old Army project linking Philadelphia and Boston, built over a trail that began as migration routes for Ice Age Mega fauna.
Out of the corner of my eye I had first noticed the suspected Ulun'suti, a white quartz stone was no longer sitting on top of a flat-topped triangular boulder that connects to a row of stones built parallel to the old road:
"What if I asked you to bring back the Ulun'suti,
the jewel in the head of the (Horned Serpent called the) Uktena?" This made some of the other warriors laugh -- they knew well how impossible and dangerous this was, and that Aganunitsi would not live a whole lot longer hunting the Uktena than undergoing torture. But the Shawano wise man was confident, and had heard all the lore of the Uktena. So his face did not change as he said, "I will bring you the Ulun'suti, or die trying, or meet you back here in three moons to sing my death song."
"The Horned Serpent appears in the mythologies of many Native Americans. Details vary among tribes, with many of the stories associating the mystical figure with water, rain, lightning and thunder..."
"Those who know say the Uktena is a great snake, as large around as a tree trunk, with horns on its head, and a bright blazing crest like a diamond on its forehead, and scales glowing like sparks of fire. It has rings or spots of color along its whole length, and can not be wounded except by shooting in the seventh spot from the head, because under this spot are its heart and its life. The blazing diamond is called Ulun'suti—"Transparent"—and he who can win it may become the greatest wonder worker of the tribe. But it is worth a man's life to attempt it, for whoever is seen by the Uktena is so dazed by the bright light that he runs toward the snake instead of trying to escape. As if this were not enough, the breath of the Uktena is so pestilential, that no living creature can survive should they inhale the tiniest bit of the foul air expelled by the Uktena. Even to see the Uktena asleep is death, not to the hunter himself, but to his family." - James Mooney
(Above: Horned Snake overlay)
(Above: Horned Snake overlay)
Just a little farther, up the road, there's a bit of landscape to be read, newest to oldest layer. Down at the bottom, on zigzag segment of stacked stones, another flat topped triangular boulder protrudes toward the roadside, dusted in snow on January 2, 2014:
Travelling in all directions, along other trails and side trails, maybe on the way to your house
- maybe at your house - more examples may be found:
Above: The old path visible from the present day State Highway, below
an eye and horns make the Great Horned Snake "come alive,
the white Ulun'suti still resting on a large boulder:
When an example disappears, it's gone forever usually - and a bright white Ulun'suti is a prime target for "borrowing"by someone who doesn't understand the value of the complete construction or the fact that similar "snake walls" have been studied in Alabama, funded by the federal government because they were located on land formerly used by the military: