Suddenly a Stone Sweat Lodge
"The sacred stone piles on Mohegan Hill are a critical feature
of the traditional landscape of Mohegan Hill; they were created by the “Little
People” who live deep within the ground of Mohegan Hill. These “Little People”
or Makiawisug are the ancient culture heroes of this region. These stone piles
also possess powers that protect the Mohegan people from outsiders. Not only do
the “Little People” still live within the ground on the Hill and continue to
guard the stones, these stone piles are perceived as being made of the bones of
Mother Earth and they contain messages that guide generation after generation
of Mohegan People. Contemporary Mohegan tribal members make offerings to the
“Little People” in hopes that they will continue to protect our Tribe."
"When we consider beings supposed to be human, we come
to the wigguladumooch-k, or little people, whose footsteps may sometimes be
heard in the forest on a still day, though they themselves are rarely seen.
They are especially strong in magic power, and will sometimes impart this to
the Micmac who wins their friendship. Once in a while, in the woods,
one will observe stones piled together so as to make a little house. If you
move them and go away, when you return you will find them placed just where
they were before you touched them."
Hagar, Stansbury (1896) Micmac Magic and Medicne Journal of
American Folklore vol 9, pp. 170-177.