For decades, the legends of creatures of small stature that live in caves or mountains have been present in different cultures, especially in the American one. Native Americans were sure the Pryor Mountains were home to some of them.
Most Native American peoples have cryptic stories about a mysterious race known as “little people”. These beings lived in forests, caves or mountains and near large bodies of water such as the Great Lakes.
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The legends of the little ones speak of beings that vary from 40 centimeters in height . Some tribes referred to them as mythological beings, similar to fairies and elves.
These stories were widely known among the natives long before European settlers arrived in North America. This rules out any “resemblance” to goblins , which some scholars suggest.
According to the Wyoming Indians, the Nimerigar were very small and violent people who were to be avoided at all costs.
Their presence was believed to be a distraction to cause harm. Some considered them gods . Indeed, certain tribes claimed that they lived in neighboring caves , which were never explored so as not to disturb them.
The Cherokee , on the other hand, refer to the Ynwi-Tsunsdi, a race of small people who generally did not show themselves to the people. These beings were believed to possess magical abilities and could either help or harm people depending on how they were treated.
The Catawba of South Carolina had myths about the spirit realm that reflected their own Christian traditions . They believed in the Yehasuri or “little wild people” who resided in the forests.
Within the mythology of Native Americans, the Pukwudgies, humanoid creatures with gray faces and huge ears, also stand out. This legend spreads across the northeastern United States, southeastern Canada and the Great Lakes region.
The Little Folk of the Pryor Mountains
The Crow Indians reported the existence of a race of small people inhabiting the Pryor Mountains . A mountainous area in Carbon and Big Horn counties, Montana, which features the Crow Indian Reservation, where the mountains are located.
The natives believed that the little ones were responsible for carving the petroglyphs discovered in the rocks at the site.
Other tribes also believed that the Pryor Mountains were home to small creatures. The Lewis and Clark expedition even reported sightings of extremely short beings along the White Stone River, now the Vermillion River, in 1804.
Other Native American tribes believe this area to be home to demons . These have human-like bodies, large heads, and are only three feet tall. These creatures are always on the defensive and carry sharp arrows that can kill from long range.
In fact, many of the deaths of indigenous people who tried to cross the hill were attributed to these beings.
Still, to crows, the little people are sacred and credited with creating their tribe . Being considered as deities.
It’s amazing how different tribes of Native Americans coincide in the existence of the so-called “little people”. Just as other tribes in the Americas did and as people, even today, are certain of having had contact with them…