Native American Little People: Monkey People

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Tailed Old Men
Monkey People

Native American Little People: Monkey People

Name: Monkey People

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Tribal affiliation: Ahtna, Tanana

Native names: Cet’aeni, Cet’aenn, Tcetin

Pronunciation: ket-ann-ee or che-tin

Also known as: Tailed Old Men

Type: Little people, monkeys, antagonists

Legendary humanoid creatures with tails who lived in trees and caves, enemies of humans. Their English name is a bit of a misnomer– “Cet’aeni” and “Tcetin” are Athabaskan words for monkeys, but only in the modern era (no monkeys have ever lived in Alaska.) The names literally translate simply as “Tailed Ones.”

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