A NUNUPI HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
The Nunupi have been a mystery to the Comanche people since the earliest times. Some oral legends and myths of the Comanche Nunupi can be traced back long before the Comanches to their Shoshone relations, hundreds of years ago. Many Comanche pre-reservation (1860) oral legends and myths told of the Nunupi have faded out and are gone forever.
There is one single consensus of the Nunupi’s physical appearance. They all are small—less than four feet in height. Descriptions vary on everything else, including their origin, physical characteristics, demeanor, and perceived purpose.
Encountering different species or types of Nunupi may have contributed to the conflicting descriptions and experiences. Sightings or close encounters of more than one individual Nunupi are rare and historical accounts do not address any mass (more than ten individuals) Nunupi physical sightings.
Historical and modern era encounters describe Nunupi as small bi-pedal humanoids, ranging from twelve to eighteen inches in height, some with larger heads, large dark eyes, long arms, different skin tones and color of hair, long or no hair. Some Nunupi appear as very small “Indian men” dressed in buckskin-looking clothing and moccasins. The Nunupi demeanor is mischievous, contrary, and humorous according to legend. Some people believe they are apparitions, spirits or ghosts (puetuyai) and claim they can come into your dreams. In some myths they have powers to heal or can cause sickness or death.
Many Nunupi stories include descriptions of them carrying tiny war shields and using bows and arrows tipped with alligator bone. When shooting their arrows they were like lightning strikes that would never miss. Their arrows could even go around corners and through solid rock. Nunupi are said to appear and disappear at will and live near creeks, caverns and in mountain valleys. It is claimed they have super strength to carry large animals or move heavy rocks.
Some oral myths suggest they originated from the heavens as “Star People,” and have the ability to circumvent Earth’s physics, gravity, and human logic.
The Nunupi are not soul-less androgynous beings, but female Nunupi sightings are very rare and brief and there is little specific reference to them in Comanche myth or legend. There are stories of eagles, with their superior vision, tormenting the Nunupi from the sky—swooping to steal Nunupi babies and drop them from high above. The Nunupi pluck the eagle’s tail feathers to keep them from flying and steal their eggs, in return.
There was a time in Comanche oral history when most of the children learned of the Nunupi by the light of the campfire. Stories were told of the Nunupi and Mupitsi (Moo-Peets), a hairy man-like giant, to frighten the children from wandering from the camp alone, or as a strong verbal disciplinary suggestion. In other Nunupi stories, they are protectors, helpers and healers--sometimes musical, amusing, and comical. Belief in the Nunupi’s actual physical existence was normal thought. Introduced European religions or other influences may have altered beliefs in the Nunupi for some and their existence or belief in their existence may contradict some contemporary religious teachings today. (Practically all religions around the world have some sort of creation story involving small beings coming from the sky to help steer our cultures, bring us good luck and teach us how to live.)
Close encounters with the Nunupi told in Comanche myth and current sightings range from brief sightings to Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind.* In Comanche oral history, there were certain men and women who allegedly communicated with the Nunupi.
The Comanche language term used is Nunupi Puha (Pooh-Ah) or Nunupuhi (power or medicine from the little people), referring to those who were allegedly contacted and “given or taught” certain magical powers and knowledge.
Close encounters with the Nunupi have altered the minds forever of those who have physically seen or been contacted, by them.
Today, many Nunupi contactees or experiencers are subject to skepticism and public ridicule, or dismissed as delusional, hallucinating on drugs, or alcohol inebriated. Associative dysfunction and false memory syndrome are some psychological medical terms used to explain the effects of a close encounter with a Nunupi.
Reported Nunupi encounters in dreams and on vision quests by some individuals suggest a medical phenomenon known as sleep paralysis, or perhaps an actual sleep telepathic communication, had occurred. The “Oz Effect”** is alleged to happen during some close encounters with the Nunupi, disorienting the contactees’ mind or perception.
Historical and modern day sightings of Nunupi footprints and encounters of various kinds have occurred in and around the Wichita Mountains north of Lawton, Oklahoma. More reported Nunupi gathering sites are along the creeks in Faxon, Cache, and Cyril, Oklahoma; and around Stephenville, Killeen, and Quanah, Texas.
Strange occurrences of singing and drumming attributed to the Nunupi at the Comanche Nations’ governmental headquarters located north of Lawton, Oklahoma, have occurred. The Nunupi were heard singing by night workers in one of the offices on more than one occasion.
In respect to the idea of “Little People,” the Comanche Nunupi are not alone. Found in virtually all North American indigenous peoples’ history and languages, there are specific names and myths for their “Little People” from the Wampanoag’s “Pukwudgie,” in the Eastern United States, to The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Western Oregon, where some tribal members call them “stick people” today. Their respective “Little People” myths and legends range from being bringers of good luck and health or raising human children, to pushing humans off cliffs.
The Nunupi or “Little People” is a worldwide phenomenon, not exclusive to the Americas. Leprechauns, hobbits, gnomes, elves, dwarfs, trolls, pygmies, and grays, cherubs, fairies, and many more are all “Little People” found in myth and lore from current and ancient civilizations around the world.
In June 1937, German archeologist Karl Heinrich Rubinstein allegedly discovered a well-preserved small, four fingered, twenty-inch tall, bi-pedal cat-like creature dressed in strange clothing around Tolland, Denmark. Then, in 1973, Egyptologist Youssef Karim opened up what he thought was a sarcophagus of a cat and found a creature and it was the same description as Rubinstein’s discovery in 1937.
Small human-like skeletons and mummies have been on display at county fairs and carnivals in the past throughout the United States; some are stored in preservative glass jars or containers in museums around the world. The medical term of achondroplasia referring to dwarfism has been use to explain away most examined small skeletal and mummified remains found. Progeria, a rare genetic aging disorder of children that stunts their skeletal growth, is another explained reason for small skeletal remains discovered. However, a few forensically examined small humanoid mummified and skeletal remains are still a mystery as to their species or origin.
It is truly unknown where the Nunupi originate from or what their presence means, or the true amount of past and present Nunupi contactees. Some paranormal researchers would say they live in a different alternate dimension, the infrared spectrum, or another alternate time zone. They would be classified in the “Alien Dwarf “category among UFO researchers.
Actual documented physical evidence of a Comanche Nunupi is unknown to exist to date, and only conflicting and anecdotal stories, blurry pictures, and strange markings in rock believed carved and drawn by the Nunupi are found.
Books and articles written about the Comanche Indian culture offer only a few sentences, if any, related to the Nunupi and other mystical beliefs, such as the Mupitsi. Early historians, anthropologists, and ethnographers who interpreted and hand wrote (most of the time by memory) the few stories of the Nunupi told by Comanche elders (some from different Comanche bands and dialects) vary from writer to writer. Historians also have failed to address and delve deeper into the true source or origin of the Nunupi and other Comanche myths. Historians fail to identify the subtle cultural belief differences within the major Comanche bands concerning Nunupi, thus leaving a huge void in Comanche history books.
Given the amount of alleged close encounters with the Nunupi reported over hundreds of years throughout the long Shoshone and Comanche history, the only logical conclusion is: the Nunupi are not only mythical creatures, but actual mental and physical close encounters with small living humanoid beings, of varying descriptions, actually happened and continue to occur even today.
Currently, to many Comanche elders, the Nunupi are revered not as, angels, fallen angels, sacred spiritual beings, cannibalistic little devils, trolls, gray aliens, or demons, but as real, living mysterious entities in their own right. Moreover, humans have intruded upon their land. They are regarded by some Comanche people in a fearful cautious way because of their unpredictable contrary behavior; to others they are “helpers” with great unyielding powers, to be called upon in times of peril.
Around the globe among many different cultures, there are annual festivals, rituals, and other events that pay homage to their respective “Nunupi.” Even in present day movies, cartoons, cable/television episodes and commercials there are variations of
Udah (Thank you) for visiting the Nunupi website.
*Close Encounter of the Fifth Kind: Direct communication between a human an alien being.
**The Oz Effect:
Alien beings slow down the physical and mental process of humans in which the person believes he or she is in a state of unreality.