In my story I'm setting up a cold war between a faction of Fae and the Native American equivalent. The Fae are your typical Unseelie Court where one should watch their words or get bamboozled.
The Native American creatures, I assume are not that, but I've been having difficulty finding examples from any tribe. I did find the Nûñnë'hï, which is Cherokee and sounds like a benevolent version of European Fae. For my story, the Native American faction is more akin to the Iroquois Confederacy, forming as a necessity against these Fae aggressors.
Ultimately it's my goal to have several tribal examples, particularly Plains and Southern/Eastern tribes. But Google is not really bringing up other examples of this kind of creature. I've seen several "lesser" beings (ie goblins, brownies, or pixies compared to a Faerie), but nothing else really. Another goal is to be accurate and appropriate to Native culture. These aren't my stories and I would like to come at this respectfully.
So what are some Native American supernatural creatures? Preferably creatures will have the following traits:
- No singular/few instances (ruling out creatures like Bigfoot/Wendigos)
- Some form of society (Fae have their courts and are into power plays. These creatures probably don't, but should have just as strong of desires/ambitions)
- Humanoid in appearance is not needed (bonus points if they're not because that's out of the ordinary)
- No outright hostility towards humans (hesitant tolerance and exploitation are fine) This rules out creatures like the Nirumbee or Nimerigar who straight up attack humans.
- Where they reside (e.g. The Nûñnë'hï live underground on mountain tops)
- A note on what tribe they're from (not picky, just handy for future research)