Native American Little People of Myth and Legend

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Native American Little People of Myth and Legend
Native American Little People of Myth and Legend

Native American Little People from Various Tribes

  • Akeki (California tribes)
  • Apci’lnis (Innu)
  • Black Imps (Achumawi)
  • Cannibal Dwarves (Arapaho)
  • Halfway People (Mi’kmaq)
  • Kiwolatomuhsis (Maliseet)
  • Lampeqin (Maliseet-Passamaquoddy)
  • Makiawisug (Mohegan)
  • Memengwesi (Anishinabe)
  • Mikumwess (Wabanaki)
  • Mikumwesu (Maliseet-Passamaquoddy)
  • Manogames (Wabanaki)
  • Monkey People (Ahtna)
  • Nagumwasuk (Passamaquoddy)
  • Nibiinaabe (Ojibway)
  • Nikommo (Wampanoag)
  • Nimerigar (Shoshone)
  • Paisa (Miami)
  • Pukwudgie (New England Algonquian)
  • Squannit (Wampanoag)
  • Water Babies (Western tribes)
  • Wematekan’is (Lenape)
  • Wiklatmuj (Mi’kmaq)

Native American Little People Stories

“The Little People or Makiaweesug”, “Makiawisug, the Little People”:
Stories about a Mohegan woman who was rewarded for helping one of the Little People.

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Cherokee Indian stories about the Little People.

The Little Creatures of Caprice Ensnare the Sun:
A Fox Indian legend about little people who inadvertantly trap the sun.

The Wolf, the Fox, the Bobcat and the Cougar:
Legend about four animal spirits that helped the Shoshone-Bannocks defeat the warlike Little People.

The Master of Night:
Menominee legend about a mythical little person who brings sleep to humans.

Wematekan’is and the Hunter Che-py-yah-poo-thwah:
Lenape folktales about the Little People.

Nikommo and Hobbamock:
Nipmuc and Narragansett stories about benevolent and malicious little people.

Nihancan and the Dwarf’s Arrow:
Legend about the an Arapaho dwarf teaching the trickster Nihancan a lesson.

Legend of the Crazy Dog Society:
Blackfoot myth about magical Little People who teach powerful coyote medicine to a brave boy.

Recommended Books about Little People in Native American Mythology

The Deetkatoo:
Great collection of traditional tales about Native American little people from 14 different tribes.

Cherokee Little People: A Native American Tale:
Picture book based on traditional Cherokee Indian little-people legends.

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