The following posting was added at the end of Karl Shuker's blog on "The Genetics of Fairies"
Some may have been attributed to Williams syndrome, but... if research is done they are a species that do/did exist, at least thru the mid 1980's, water pollution and disease may have finished them off, I have trhu triangulation located only two pockets of where they used to be till then. More commonly known with linguist root forms of puk, pukas, pooka. An example, the puk-a-wadji, translation, 'little wildmen of the forest' native american Delaware. Pookas, same thing,Fox, Sauk, Ioway and mid-western tribes. Pooka river in Germany, called and meant as 'little people river', they allegedly lived along it's banks. Shakespears 'Puk", a possible rudimentary rememberance? Last seen in the Ohio Valley in the white river area in the early mid 70's both by people with phd's. I have a friend here in east central Iowa, native american older woman who remembers them when she was young, will not talk about to Anglos tho. In the early days interacted with native tribes and pointed out hunting in trade for items, clothing was of woven inner bark material, in recent times with modern cloth..not surprising as till the early 60's most farms had a ravine and dumped their trash there. The stood approx 18-22 inches tall,moved silently and lived in caves, early native stories say they were moon worshippers and it does not surprise me that is why in the British isles and elsewhere, they were seen at night in a ring and dancing. There really is alot out there one merely has to know where to look! You don't have to believe me but I have given you all enough hints... it should be easy to verify what I say. I know these and other things as it is rather a hobby for me and I think differently and know when and where to look!! Best to you all.I have heard other information similar to Emmett's from other sources, and indeed much of the same theory before when I was corresponding with some of the other CFZ guys. There is this root for Little People that sounds like Puk, Pook, Bwca and so on, and it has been treated Linguistically as equivalent to Bunyip (And sometimes translated as either "God or Devil" but more reasonably related to the term Spook) And commentators at the CFZ have managed to relate these stories of water-Brownies or aquatic dwarfs to Leprechauns and Welsh Afnacs. Here is an alternative internet posting on Boggarts (Another derivation for Buggerts from Bwcas)
added12:01 by aldaria02And so the "Trolls" that live under bridges are also probably Bog-Boggles: and once again the Water-Brownie "Gollum" is counted as a degenerate form of Hobbit (=Brownie) and sometimes crawls into cellars or cottages for shelter-at times of flooding, the story sometimes goes. Pukwudgies grow to a yard tall, BTW, and the legend is also local to central Indiana where I live, oddly enough
|Pukwudges=Trolls of the lesser kind|
Best Wishes, Dale D.
Footnote: I thought there might also be a connection to the Shropshire Man_monkey especially since the encounter happened near to a canal:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Man-monkey-British-Bigfoot-Nick-Redfern/dp/1905723164
In her 1883 book, Shropshire Folklore, Charlotte S. Burne wrote: 'A very weird story of an encounter with an animal ghost arose of late years within my knowledge. On the 21st of January 1879, a labouring man was employed to take a cart of luggage from Ranton in Staffordshire to Woodcock, beyond Newport in Shropshire, for the ease of a party of visitors who were going from one house to another. He was late in coming back; his horse was tired, and could only crawl along at a foot's pace, so that it was ten o'clock at night when he arrived at the place where the highroad crosses the Birmingham and Liverpool canal. 'Just before he reached the canal bridge, a strange black creature with great white eyes sprang out of the plantation by the roadside and alighted on his horse's back. He tried to push it off with his whip, but to his horror the whip went through the thing, and he dropped it on the ground in fright.' The creature duly became known to superstitious and frightened locals as the Man-Monkey. Between 1986 and early 2001, Nick Redfern delved deeply into the mystery of the strange creature of that dark stretch of canal. Now,published for the very first time, are Nick's original interview notes, his files and discoveries; as well as his theories pertaining to what lies at the heart of this diabolical legend. Is Britain really home to a Bigfoot-style entity? Does the creature have supernatural origins? Or is it something else entirely? Nick Redfern addresses all of these questions in Man-Monkey and reveals a story that is as bizarre as it is macabre.