Punished Woman's Lake Historical

Punished Woman's Lake Historical (HM1WU4)

Location: South Shore, SD 57263 Codington County
Country: United States of America

N 45° 6.336', W 96° 56.407'

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Legend of

During the Moon of the Harvest (August) in 1773 a band of Sioux were camped on the shore of this lake. We-Wa-Ke, fairest maiden in the camp had given her heart to a brave young warrior, Big Eagle, whose courage on the hunt and in battle far surpassed that of the other young men of the tribe.

When he approached their lodge with gifts and a desire to have the maiden as his wife, Big Eagle was refused by We-Wa-Ke's father. The father instead accepted the gifts of a 60 year old chief, White Tail Wolf.

While the tribe was celebrating this union, We-Wa-Ke and her warrior lover tried to escape on his pony. Pursued by other warriors in the tribe the pair was quickly caught and returned to this hill overlooking the lake. Here the chagrined old chief saw the lovers proudly raise their heads and declare their love for each other and vowed to meet in the Happy Hunting Grounds. The old chief was so angry that he killed the young warrior with his knife.

The young maiden was ordered bound to a tree on the shore of the lake and the old chief shot an arrow into her heart. He then ordered the lovers buried side by side on this hill overlooking the lake. He ordered stones to be placed in the form of a warrior and a maid as a shameful reminder to all Indians.

As the old chief called for the Evil Spirits
to take them to the Land of Ever-Lasting Sorrow the Great Spirit heard him and caused a lightning bolt to flash from the clear blue sky and strike the old chief dead. The band piled stones on the chief's body to remind all that he was a murderer and outcast from the tribe.

From that time on the lake was known as "Punished Woman's Lake."
HM NumberHM1WU4
Year Placed1973
Placed BySouth Shore Commercial Club, S.D. Department of Highways and the S.D. State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at 9:03am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 662051 N 4996745
Decimal Degrees45.10560000, -96.94011667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 6.336', W 96° 56.407'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 6' 20.16" N, 96° 56' 24.42" W
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Area Code(s)605
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near W Berry Ave, South Shore SD 57263, US
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