In the High Uinta Mountains, below Spirit Lake in Utah, is a small body of pure alpine water which was named Sasquina Lake in honor of the Shoshoni bride of Ute Chief Walkara. After their 1836 marriage at Hickerson Park Valley and honeymoon at Spirit Lake, they became the parents of a boy they named Battee, about 1837.
In early 1838, Walkara returned from hunting to find his newly expectant wife missing from their camp nearby the smaller lake. Sasquina was only sixteen and wore small moccasins embellished with tinkling bells. Walkara's search led to the water where he heard the chiming of the bells, as her moccasin floated along the bank; she had apparently slipped and fell to her death. The distraught warrior was a broken man and went to the sacred mountain to pour out his grief. His beloved Sasquina, whose name meant "White Elk" had been lost with her unborn babe and the sacred elk bone necklace, which was his wedding present to her.
Legend is, that he saw in a vision, great things were expected of him and that he needed to be strong to lead his people; Towats, the Great Spirit, promised him a sign that his bride did not die in vain. Returning to his camp, as the dawn mist covered the lake, he heard tinkling bells and saw a herd of elk swimming towards his camp. A large white elk, leading the pack stepped out of the water and around his neck was the necklace of Sasquina. From that day on, Chief Walkara was a very spiritual man.
The small lake is now also known as Summit Lake, but to all who know the legend, it is still called Lake Sasquina, for the daughter of Shoshone Chief Fuchawana. Sasquina, "White Elk", was first wife of Walkara, Great Chief of the Ute Nation.
Pan-a-Carre Quinker Walkara (1800 - 1855)*
Battee Walkara (1837 - 1850)*
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Drowned in remote lake, unfound
Created by: history4sure
Record added: Apr 18, 2010
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