These little but vicious pukwudgies are very similar to the European troll. At first glance of a drawing, you may think the pukwudgie is some form of Bavarian or English gremlin. Some even think of a grey alien after an alleged sighting. However, the truth is closer to home if you are an American and live in the northeast part of the country. While some claim to have seen these little monsters as far away as Virginia, Alabama, Michigan and Louisiana. There is a reason that they are most often found in New England.
Andy Gliddon is a self-proclaimed pukwudgie (notice there is no “y” even in the single tense of the word) enthusiast who runs his own web domain, pukwudgie.com, he states that their home is found in the forest of the Northeast, particularly New England due to their Native American origins. Glidden states that these little guys are from two to four feet tall, with large noses, fat fingers, and prominent ears. Their skin is grey and some claim that the creatures will glow.
According to Glidden, pukwudgies are not that hard to identify when you notice they are:
• Tricksters that appear, and then disappear within seconds
• Shape-shifters that can morph into animal forms
• Magicians that can create fire and defend themselves with arrows that are poisoned as weapons
• Soul-catchers that control the souls of Native Americans they have murdered.
Humans have been advised to avoid interaction with Pukwudgies at all cost, lest they be bothered, blinded or killed. They like to use sand, cliffs, knives or spears to dispense with people, since they once were friendly but turned against the human race due to jealousy regarding the creation of Cape Cod by a creation giant named Maushop.
While Glidden’s site is tongue-in-cheek humor, the legend of the pukwudgie come from the Wampanoag Indians and may be no joke. Forests around Fall River, Massachusetts, and in the reservation itself, have had sightings of the Pukwudgie Whispers continue that many of the unexplained suicides at a cliff in a state park there may be perpetrated by the Pukwudgie. Andrew, from Paranormal Encounters, states that as far away as Anderson, Indiana, the Mounds State Park may be harboring pukwudgies. He also adds a bit of intrigue to the story and harkens back to the possible Nordic connection to these creatures. A festival named after Round Rock’s Hairy Man is based on a story where a young boy left society to live alone in the woods. After he died, he created a haunting on Hairy Man Road. Why? There is no proof, but locals claimed this boy magically contacted a troll using runes and the troll remains on the road to cause accidents and harass walkers or bikers. However, the pukwudgie is known among many tribes: the Objibwe, Algonquin, Abenaki and Mohican. There are related creatures known to the Micmac and Miami. Native American Languages of the Americas in fact states that the Algonquins are the ones who first spoke of these creatures, and states they are known throughout Southern Canada and the Great Lakes region.
An acclaimed book for children, grades 1-4, is The Good Giants and the Bad Pukwudgies (1982) by J. Fritz with illustrations by Tomie dePaola. Another book,
Giants of the Dawnland (2010) by Alice Mead and Arthur Neptune share Penobscot stories, and includes two tales of the pukwudgie. The Deetkatoo (1998) by John Bierhorst and illustrated by Ron Hilbert Coy shares folklore about the pukwudgies and other little people from 14 different tribes.
This author had an encounter with what she believes was a pukwudgie in the basement of an old brownstone on Beacon Street in Boston in winter of 1982. She was in the laundry room and heard footsteps. She watched silently as this creature passed by. Eyes never met so that the story of the stare of the Pukwudgie causing problems cannot be verified. However, upon speaking to the landlord, while he would not state that there had been other sightings, it was strange to him that the last three people had broken their leases early and paid the financial penalty. Could that have been so these individuals would avoid something else?
Andrew. “What Exactly is a Pukwudgie?” Retrieved from http://www.paranormal-encounters.com/…/what-exactly-is-a-…/… on September 1, 2015.
Gliddon, Andy. “Pukwudgie beginnings.” Retrieved from Pukwudgie.com on September 1, 2015.
Gliddon, Andy. “Pukwudgie origins.” Retrieved from Pukwudgie.com on September 1, 2015.
“Legendary Native American Figures – Pukwudgie. Retrieved from http://www.native-languages.org/pukwudgie.htm on September 1, 2015.
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