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), Nirumbee (Crow), Pukwudgies (Wampanoag)
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."