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The Cherokee Little People by Lynn Lossiah

A rich collection of stories about the encounters between the Cherokee people and mystical ‘little people’

Font type is good

Comprehension level is average

It has lots of wonderful sketches

I liked everything about this book.
I really enjoyed how Ms. Lossiah wrote the book in sections of how the little people interacted with different people, such as children, the elderly, women, men and so on.
I think this book is a delicious buffet of legends & lores about the Cherokee Little People.


The Native Americans of Turtle Island had knowledge of other places around the world such as the pyramids, other seas, mountain ranges, places of power and many wonders of the world, they got this knowledge from the ‘Little-People-Who-Wore-White’.

(’Turtle Island’ was the name of America once upon a time)

During the dark times of the Trail of Tears the ‘little people’ stayed close by the tribes, to warn families of victory or defeat or warn of the death of a relative.

The first story in the book is called, ‘The Oldest Story Ever Told’. It’s about the little-people-who-wore-white coming to a tribal gathering. They announced the coming death of ‘the special man who lived across the ocean’ who had come to visit the tribe in spirit many times. They knew of his passing when the day grew dark.
When the tribe made their way back home they cried tears of sorrow for the loss of the special man.
Each tear that fell turned to a tiny cross shaped stone. The tiny cross shaped stones were gifts from the Great Spirit.
Unfortunately, due to the passing of 2000 years and changes to the land, the tiny cross shaped stones are hard to find now-a-days.

The actual story in the book is much better & more enjoyable read.

Here’s some info on various little people and beings that’s in the book.

Rock Cave Clan: Little people who prefer to live in rock caves on mountainsides. They’re friendly, helpful, healers and watch children. Though they are mischievous, it’s only in the manner to remind people how to treat others.

Tree Clan: Little people who live among the trees. They take care of the creatures in nature. They are mischievous in ways to alert humans to the lack of respect of nature or punish human’s for disrespect of nature by making bad things happen or taking away way things.

Laurel Clan: Little people who live among the laurel and take care of plant life. They love gardening and replenishing plants after disasters. They’re rarely encountered. They encourage happiness with what you have.

Dogwood Clan: Little people who live among the dogwood trees. They’re delicate, both physically & emotionally. They look only for the good and beauty of life. They are never mischievous.
Their tears become dogwood blossoms. Hearty or scant blossoms is the result of how well we are treating each other and the earth.

Thunder Beings: Beings that were hatched from cocoons in the clouds.
They have great power & wisdom. They don’t come down often because human’s have become weak & disrepectful.
The thunderers use their power & wisdom through the elements by creating extreme conditions of floods, winds & droughts to protect the earth from us.

Yunwi Tsundi: are little spirits that are handsome, with long hair that reaches the ground. They live in the mountains and caves. They’re friendly, magical, enjoy music, singing & dancing.

Astil-dihye gi: the ‘fire carrier’. They go about the night with a light. It’s considered to be dangerous and unfriendly and should be avoided as it avoids being approached as well. It’s been referred to as ‘will-o-the-wisp’.

Nunne-hi: the immortals. They live everywhere and are invisible. They can take on the look of the little people or even a full sized human. They enjoy music and dancing. They are friendly, helpful to the lost and have fought in wars on behalf of the Cherokees.

Tsawa si & Tsaga’si: two small mischievous fairies that often help hunter who pray to them.

This isn’t all of them, there’s many more types of nature folks mentioned in the book.

‘The Cherokee Little People by Lynn Lossiah‘ contains a wonderful collection of dozens of stories, little people descriptions and words of wisdom.

Here’s a couple of links to websites with more info & stories

‘Little People of The Cherokee’
(this website has a bit of info on the book ‘The Cherokee Little People by Lynn Lossiah’ at the bottom of the page.)
**Note: some of the info on the web site is in some conflict with the info in the book ‘The Cherokee Little People by Lynn Lossiah‘.
I’m sure it’s a matter of how you look at the descriptions and their meanings.
From my armchair research, I’ve discovered conflicting info on fae & nature folks isn’t uncommon in the opinions & translations of info.


The Nunne’hi and other Spirit Folk
The site tells of the Nunne hi, Yunwi Tsunsdi, Atsil-dihye gi, Yunwi Amai yine hi, Tsawa-si & Tsaga-si, Tsawa si, Tsawa-si Usdi-ga & De tsata