The Little People are race of dwarfs (“spirit dwarves”) who live in the Pryor Mountain range in Carbon County and Bighorn County in the state of Montana. The Crows consider the mountains to be sacred.
The concept of Little People is common among Native American tribes in the West.
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.
These Little People are known by a number of names, including
Gada’zhe by the Omaha and Ponca
Mi’-a-gthu-shka by the Osage
Nimerigar by the Shoshone
Nirumbee by the Crow
Nunnupi by the Comanche
Vo’estanehesano by the Cheyenne
The Crow believe that the Petroglyphs found on the rock formations in the area were made by the Little People. Reportedly, the Little People are 18 inches high with large round bellies, short arms and legs and sharp canine teeth.
The Little People could be very intolerant to those who might try to trick them. Their vengeance was swift and deadly, killing not only the offender, but also family members. The Pryor Mountains Little People were also known for stealing children, food, medicine, and tobacco.
In 1804, the Lewis and Clark Expedition recorded stories in their journals about the Native American Little People referring to them as “deavals” (devils) with very large heads, about 18 inches high, and very alert to any intrusions into their territory.
The Crow believe the Little People created the stone arrowhead. They call Pryor Creek “Arrow Creek” and the Pryor Mountains, “Arrowhead Mountains.”
For the Crow to safely travel through the Pryor Mountains, they must leave the Little People an offering, such as beads, cloth, or tobacco.
Mummies of dwarf-size creatures found in the region were believed to remains of these Native American beings.
NOTE: In Hawaii, the Little People are called the “Menehune.”
C/o Pryor Mountain
Carbon/Bighorn County, MT