Legend of Mina Sauk

Mina Sauk Falls Lower Basin
The Southeast Missourian has an article on Mina Sauk for whom Missouri highest waterfalls (and part of Taum Sauk) is named. As usual it’s a sad tale involving an Indian maiden. In this tale her father Sauk-ton-qua and the tribesmen were fighting the Osage when Mina and her evil sister Oon-la-ka were quarreling over a man Omo-pa-si. A bird attacks Mina Sauk scarring her. The medicine says the bird is actually the evil sister and is concerned to remain a red bird forever.


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