The Lakota speak of little people known as Wiwila Men. Many people claim to have seen them, often in dense forest areas that are close to some type of water source, such as a stream, creek, river, or lake.
Wiwila are not human but can have a human-like shape. They are tricksters, often tempting people to do bad things. Some say that Wiwila are shape shifters who can take on any form, including that of a human being.
A Wiwila’s true form is up for debate. Some claim that the Wiwila are tiny, the size of fairies or gnomes. They say that they are covered with thick hair. Others claim that the creatures are about three feet tall, sickly pale, and bald.
Some believe that the Wiwila are the living spirit of the spring (“Wiwila” means “spring grass”), whereas others believe that they are a portent of death. If you supposedly see a Wiwila, someone close to you (or perhaps even you) will die soon.