American Indian language families
Native American Legends: Nirumbee (Awwakkule)
Tribal affiliation: Crow
Also known as: Awwakkule, Akbaakaatdutche
Type: Little people
Related figures in other tribes: Nimerigar (Shoshone),
Cannibal Dwarf (Arapaho),
Nirumbee are the little people of Crow Indian folklore. They are usually described as goblin-like beings between one and two
feet tall, with sharp teeth and squat necks. Nirumbee are generally enemies of humankind; their behavior ranges from annoying but harmless
mischief such as stealing objects or tying knots in hair, to malevolent attacks such as stealing children or mutilating animals.
In a few folktales a nirumbee does show himself to help a Crow person, particularly during a sacred fast or in return for a
kindness done for them.
Little People of the Crow:
Blog post about the Nirumbee.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
From the Heart of the Crow Country:
Crow legends, traditional stories, and oral history narrated by a tribal elder.
Myths and Traditions of the Crow Indians:
Classic collection of Crow legends and folklore.
Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief
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