Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Omaha and Ponka Sioux Indians Belief in Giants and Fairies

Omaha and Ponka Sioux Belief in Giants and Fairies





Fairies, Dwarfs, and Giants. — The Omahas and Ponkas tell of a race of 
" little people," the Gada'zhe, or Nikashfga Ma n 'tanaha (Wild People),
who can produce wounds under (and without breaking) the skin. They
also have stories of giants, and of beings with very large heads. The latter
reside in the forests, and cause a peculiar form of insanity to seize the un-
fortunate Indian men whom they encounter, one at a time, away from the
people and lodges.