The Pukwudgie is a small humanoid from Wampanoag folklore. The legend of this creature began in connection with the Wampanoag people’s first beliefs that a creation giant had created most of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The Pukwudgies were jealous of the way the Natives adored the creation giant, but still tried to help them, though their efforts were in vein. So the Pukwudgies decided to torment the Wampanoag people instead.
Because of this, the Pukwudgie was best to be left alone, or bad things would happen. They would play spiteful tricks, follow the person and create trouble, even kidnapping them or pushing them off a cliff. They would also attack the humans with short knives, spears and used sand to blind their victims.
They were described as being 2-3 feet tall, having human features, but a larger nose, ears and fingers. Their skin were smooth and grey and were known to glow.
The Pukwudgies had the ability to disappear, transform into a walking porcupine, create fire, and were believed to control the spirits of the Natives they killed.
Recently, Pukwudgies have been reported in the Freetown-Fall River State Forest in Massachusetts. Inside the forest is the 227-acre Watuppa Reservation that belongs to the Wampanoag Nation.
Also, several suicides within the forest have led to the belief of Pukwudgies pushing them off the cliff.
Image Caption: Image of a small elf-like humanoid. Credit: le Korrigan/Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 2.0)