Native American Mermaids: Water Babies

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Water Babies
Water Babies

Native American Mermaids: Water Babies

Name: Water Babies

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Tribal affiliation: Paiute, Shoshone, Washo, Achumawi, Cahuilla, Cupeno, Luiseno, Serrano, Yokuts, Salish

Native names: Paakniwat, Pangam kiktam, Pa’-nawi-s, Pa-nugis, Para Ub, s’o:lmexw

Also known as: Water-Babies, Waterbabies, Water-Baby Spirits

Type: Native American little people, water spirits, mermaids

Related figures in other tribes: Halfway People (Mi’kmaq)

Water babies are mysterious and dangerous water spirits from the folklore of California and other Western Native American tribes. They inhabit springs and sometimes ponds or streams. Water babies usually take the form of beautiful human infants (although in some tribes they have fish tails, or appear as reptilian beings that merely make cries resembling human babies.) In many tribal traditions, the cry of a water baby is an omen of death. In others, responding to a water baby’s crying by picking it up results in catastrophe.

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