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People with dwarfism or hunchbacks were considered sacred or magically powerful in the folk traditions of many American Indian tribe. In some tribes dwarves were associated with American Indian little people, races of magical wilderness spirits like goblins or fairies. But there are also many Native American folktales about individual dwarf heroes, most of whom simply appeared or were born that way and were probably based on real incidence of dwarfism and similar conditions.
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