Covered in mist, full of legends and mystery, Mount Kilimanjaro, otherwise known as the roof of Africa, is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Locals on the slopes, the Chagga people, tell us of pygmies said to be no larger than human children, and who dwell on the mountain’s caves and ravines. These ravines, which have never been explored by tourists, are said to have been inhabited by mountain pygmies who survive by hunting and gathering.
Oral traditions of many Native American tribes, including the Arapaho, Sioux, Cheyenne, and Crow, tell of “little people” who stand from just 20 inches to three feet tall. In some tribes they are known as “tiny people eaters,” in others they were known to have been spirits and healers, and some believed them to be magical, similar to leprechauns or fairies. In any event, the legends were well known among Indians across the nation, long before the Europeans set foot […]