Legendary Native American Figures: Nimerigar (Nunumbi)
Name: Nimerigar Tribal affiliation:Shoshone, Paiute Alternate spellings: Nim-me-rig-ar, Nomorika, Numurika, Numudeka, Neme-reka, Newe-dekka, Numu-tuhka,
Nemetakah, Nimidica, Nuwa'deca Also known as: Nunumbi, Ninipi, Ninimbe, Ninimpi, Ninumbi, Ninumbee, Nu'numbi, Nunnupi, Ninimbeb, Ninnumbee,
Ninambea, Ninnimbe, Ninambitz Pronunciation: varies widely by dialect; usually similar to nuh-muh-duh-kah. "Nunumbi" is pronounced nuh-num-bee. Type:Little people, antagonists (in Wampanoag lore) Related figures in other tribes:Cannibal dwarfs (Arapaho)
Although benign races of small magical creatures exist in many Native American tribes, the Little People
of the Shoshone and Paiute tribes are dangerous man-eaters and enemies of humankind. "Nimerigar" is a corruption
of the Shoshone and Paiute words meaning "people-eaters", and "Nunumbi" (and its many variants) means "little person."