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Iroquois: Stone Throwers,
Secret Forest Little People
The mention of Little People most
often brings to mind the faeries and elves of the Celtic traditions.
Few realize that some groups of Native North Americans held
similar beliefs of small beings that assisted Mother Nature
in her earthly duties.
The Iroquois of the Northeastern
woodlands for example believe in what they term the Little People
or "Stone Throwers", small invisible elf folk who
inhabit dark forests, deep ravines and even underwater in lakes
and rivers. Although diminutive in stature, these Little People
are perceived as gigantic in the strength they possess.
There exist three tribes they belong
to: Those of the Rocks and Rivers, Those of the Fruits and Grains
and Those of the Dark Shadows.
They carry out their chores in the
depths of the forest, some tending to streams and caves, others
responsible for awakening the plants come Spring.
Generally amiable in nature, they
thus aid the Iroquois when shown respect. But are quick to anger
when not given the proper tribute.
The Iroquois deemed them Stone Throwers
as that is their favorite way of showing distaste for the acts
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