Myths & Legends Of A Lost Race Of Magical Warrior Little People


Paranormal investigator & YouTube creator Jason Merrett AKA 1st Paranormal joins us on Freaky Friday to go over his research into stories from around the world that relate to little people, elves, fairies etc. With that said, we soon find out that this is unlike the typical stories of elementals singing & dancing to music out in the woods.

Jason takes us into some of the stories that various Native American tribes tell about a race of beings that sound likes something straight out of the Lord Of The Rings. We talk about how there are some stories that tell of a time when humans & these beings lived together in harmony. However, that wasn’t always said to be the case.

We find out about one group of these small beings that were cannibalistic & would war with local tribes. There are accounts of magical shape-shifting dwarfs & even the possession of children by these “things”, whatever they were…. or still are.

Now before you dismiss all of this, and i get it, its easy to think what I have just written is the work of a madman, but just pause to think about this. Why is it that its acceptable to talk about a time when giants once roamed the earth. We have the account of Goliath in The Bible, not to mention the Nephilim.

We also get into other parts of the world where similar stories tell of similar beings. Jason takes us to Hawaii & towards the end of the show we talk about the little hairy people from Australia. Not only that but we have a photograph to back up the claims.

One of the most interesting segments of the show discusses the scientific evidence to support the existence of this lost race. During an attempt to mine an area of the San Pedro mountains, dynamite was used to blast away some rock & behind it was the remains of a small being sat on shelf like structure within a previously hidden cave. Not only that but Harvard studied the remains & concluded it was GENUINE, NOT A FAKE. And

So then, why is it that the minute we go to the other end of the spectrum & bring up the possibility of a lost race, or races, of little people, that most people will immediately reject the idea as ludicrous? I’m not saying that to convince you one way or another, its just an observation that we make on the show.

Here are some of the descriptions of various “little people” from all around the world….


Among the most dreaded figures in the lore of the Plains Indians were child-sized dwarves that were incredibly strong, very aggressive, bloodthirsty, and often attacked in large numbers.

“Teihiihan” comes from the Arapaho word meaning “strong.” The Arapaho also called them Hecesiiteihii, meaning “little people.”

These small fearsome warriors were said to be so aggressive because they believed they had to be killed in battle to reach the afterlife.

These small creatures dwell in the vast area of the Great Plains, between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains and are known in the legends of the Cheyenne, Crow, Arapaho, Omaha, Osage, Kanza, Shoshone, Comanche, Ponca, and Gros Ventre.

Descriptions of these mini-monsters vary from tribe to tribe. Among some Siouan tribes, including the Osage, Omaha, and Kanza, they are said to sometimes have wings, and the Omaha further say that they have only one eye. The Crow see them with pot bellies and no necks.

Among the Omaha and Ponka, they were called Gada’zhe, meaning Wild People, who hunted with bows and poisoned arrows and were said to have been able to produce wounds under the skin without breaking the flesh.

Among most of the Plains Indians, these tiny warriors are described to be about 2-4 feet tall, are dark-skinned, have squat necks, sharp teeth, and can run very vast far outpacing their human counterparts. They are almost always hostile to human beings and are gluttonous, killing more people than they can possibly eat.

The Wild People have magical powers and can be dangerous, sometimes kidnapping children or using witchcraft to harm people. Some legends say that they have the power to turn themselves invisible.


Translated from the Arapahoe as “little people,” the hecesiiteihii (h’yeah-chass-ee-tay-hee) are more commonly known as “cannibal dwarves.” Believed to be the remnants of a race destroyed by the Arapahoe in ancient times, these monstrous beings are driven by a ravenous appetite for human flesh.

While most familiar to the tribes along the Rocky Mountains, cannibal dwarves appear in Native legends ranging from the Pacific Northwest to the Minnesota River. Their antiquity is confirmed by Paleolithic petroglyphs, which suggest the hecesiiteihii have been traditional enemies of the Plains for thousands of years.

Cannibal dwarves are generally between two and three feet tall, and have the appearance of deformed children. They have dark skin and wild, unruly hair, mouths brimming with sharp teeth, and dress in ragged animal skins. Other physical characteristics vary from region to region and tribe to tribe.

The Crow believe that cannibal dwarves are neckless, and their constant consumption of raw flesh has granted them grossly distended bellies. According to the Siouan tribes, they have wings, while the Omaha claim they each possess a single cyclopean eye.

Most legends contend that cannibal dwarves are able to cast curses, can become invisible, and have the power to capture the souls of slain Indian warriors. They have been known to kidnap children, which some maintain are ghoulishly transformed into fellow monsters. All tribes agree that cannibal dwarves are incredibly strong and fast, and frequently hunt in packs.


A Pukwudgie is a 2-or-3-foot-tall (0.61 or 0.91 m) troll-like being from the Wampanoag folklore. Pukwudgies’ features resemble those of a human, but with enlarged noses, fingers and ears. Their skin is described as being a smooth grey, and at times has been known to glow.

  • they can appear and disappear at will
  • they can transform into a walking porcupine (it looks like a porcupine from the back, and the front
  • is half-troll, half-human and walks upright)
  • they can attack people and lure them to their deaths
  • they are able to use magic
  • they have poison arrows
  • they can create fire at will

Yunwi Tsunsdi: Cherokee Little Folk

In addition to the nunnehi, who are powerful supernatural warriors, there is another group of faery beings in Cherokee folklore. These are the yunwi tsunsdi or “little people” (the singular form is yvwi usdi). Like the nunnehi, the yunwi tsunsdi prefer to be invisible, although they do sometimes appear to humans as miniature people—child-sized or smaller. They are well-proportioned and handsome, with hair that reaches almost to the ground. It is said that twins are especially adept at seeing these tiny creatures.

Yunwi tsunsdi are depicted as helpful, kind, and magically adept. Like many faery creatures, they love music and spend much of their time singing, drumming, and dancing. For all this, they have a very gentle nature and do not like to be disturbed. Even so, they are said to harshly punish those who are disrespectful or aggressive toward them.


The Nimerigar are a legendary race of little people found in the folklore of the Shoshone people of North America’s Rocky Mountains.

According to Shoshone tales, the Nimerigar were an aggressive people who would shoot poisoned arrows from tiny bows. Nimerigar roughly translated from Shoshone and Paiute languages means “people eaters”. They were believed to kill their own people with a blow to the head if they became too ill to be a participating member of their society.


Menehune are a mythological dwarf people in Hawaiian tradition who are said to live in the deep forests and hidden valleys of the Hawaiian Islands, hidden and far away from human settlements.

Hawaiian legend has it that many centuries ago, the Menehune were a mischievous group of small people, or dwarfs, who lived hidden in the forests and valleys of the islands before the first settlers arrived from Polynesia. These Menehune, who roamed the deep forests at night, were said to be about two feet (60 cm) tall, though some were as tiny as six inches (15 cm), small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. They enjoyed dancing, singing and archery, and their favorite foods were bananas and fish.

The Menehune have been known to use magic arrows to pierce the heart of angry people, igniting feelings of love instead. They also enjoy cliff diving, and according to local lore, they were smart, extremely strong and excellent craftsmen. They were rarely seen by human eyes, and they are credited with mighty feats of engineering and overnight construction.

These industrious master builders used their great strength to build temples (heiau), fishponds, roads, canoes and houses. One such structure they are believed to have built is Kikiaola, also known as the Menehune Ditch, a historic irrigation ditch that funnels water from the Waimea River on Kauai. Another one of their amazing feats is the legendary overnight creation of the Alekoko Fishpond on Kauai, which archaeologists estimate to be around 1,000 years old.

It is said that they built the Alekoko Fishpond for a princess and her brother. The shy but strong group lined up in a double row, which stretched 25 miles (40 km) to distant Makaweli. The workers passed stones hand-to-hand to build the pond. They worked at night so as not to be seen by others, cutting, transporting and fitting stones for their projects in a long bucket brigade. If they were discovered, their work would have been abandoned.

Australia’s ‘Little People’

Little people have many local names, but the depiction conjured is strikingly consistent among Aboriginal cultures. They are described as standing knee high, pungent in smell and hairy in appearance. Little people are also inherently ugly.

“Research has shown little people don’t like to be looked in the face,” Dr Roman said. “They are very sensitive to how ugly they are and looking at them can make them angry.”

Despite the negative narrative, little people are not considered to be necessarily evil, or troublesome tricksters.

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