When the Irish came over to America, I’m sure they were surprised to learn that Native Americans had a version of the leprechaun in their lore. And there are many similarities.
These interesting “Little People” figure prominently in many old Cherokee stories, including origin stories. They were probably introduced to non-native Americans by James Mooney in his monumental work “Myths of the Cherokee” published in 1900. The Cherokee medicine man, Swimmer, related to him the following:
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