Native American Little People: Akeki (The Pains)

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Little People
Akeki (The Pains)

Native American Little People: Akeki (The Pains)

Name: Pains

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Tribal affiliation: Achumawi, Atsugewi, Wintu, Shasta

Native names: Akeki, Axe’ki, Axeki, Tamakoni, Damaagome, Damagomi

Also known as: Pain Spirits, Poison Spirits

Type: American Indian little people, witchcraft spirits, talismans, spirit guides

Pains are tiny magical spirits in the traditions of many California Indian and Northwest Coast tribes. They usually take the form of miniature, fairy-like people, although in some tribes they appear as tiny animals or magically powerful inanimate objects. Pains may be summoned by medicine people or witches, or they may remain within a Native American family through generations. In some tribes, they are primarily viewed positively, as guardian spirits and granters of magical powers (though they can also cause harm to people.) In other tribes they are viewed more negatively, associated with disease, curses, and witchcraft (though they can still be a source of healing power to properly trained medicine people.)

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