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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."

Nimerigar Stories

Nimerigars:
    Brief article about the Nimerigar.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

Pachee Goyo: History and Legends from the Shoshone:
    Collection of Shoshone legends and oral history.
Indian Legends from the Northern Rockies:
    Anthology of folklore from the Shoshone and other Great Basin tribes.
The Deetkatoo:
    Traditional tales about little people from 14 different Native American tribes.

Additional Resources

 Shoshoni myths
 Shoshone language
 Shoshoni words
 Idaho tribes
 Great Basin Indians
 Uto-Aztecan



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