Uncanny Georgia: The Atcukliba

mummified_gallotiaHere’s one last creature from Bill Grantham’s Creation Myths and Legends of the Creek Indians (University Press of Florida, 2002):

There was also a monster lizard that lived in hollow trees like a bear and was called Atcukliba, which was the same name used to refer to a “small, inoffensive striped lizard” found on trees. (37)

In standardized spelling, this would be vcoklepv (pronounced roughly uh-choo-glee-buh). If you’re walking in the woods and your Creek hiking partner says he sees an atcukliba, it would be a good idea to clarify whether he’s talking about the “small, inoffensive” kind or the “monster” kind. It might be important.

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