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Legendary Native American Figures: Wild People (Mialuka)

Name: Wild People
Tribal affiliation: Osage, Omaha, Kansa
Native names: Mialuka, Mia-ah-luschkas, Mi'a-gthu-shka; Ni'kashiga Ma'tanaha, Ni'kashinga Man'tanaha; Gada'zhe, Mo thuzhathega, Magdazadige, Mong-thu-jah-the-gah
Pronunciation: uh-ba-bin-ih-lee
Type: Native American little people
Related figures in other tribes: Canotila (Lakota), Puckwudgies (Ojibway), Jogah (Iroquois)

The Wild People are fairy-like little people of central and southern Siouan folklore. They are usually described as being 1-2 feet tall, sometimes winged, and in some tribes, such as the Omaha, they are said to have only one eye. The Wild People have magical powers and can be dangerous, sometimes kidnapping children or using witchcraft to harm people.

Wild People Stories

*The Osage Little People:
    Article about past and present beliefs about the Wild People.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Ke-ma-ha: The Omaha stories of Francis LaFleche:
    Book of Omaha legends told by a prominent Native author.
Osage Indian Customs and Myths:
    A good collection of Osage traditional stories.

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Additional Resources

 Osage Traditions
 Omaha legends
 Omaha language
 Osage pronunciation
 Nebraska Native Americans
 Great Plains
 Siouan



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