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In Lakota mythology, Čanotila ("they live in a tree") are a race of forest-dwelling creatures, similar to fairies.
Lakota mythology is the body of myths and legends that belong to the Lakota people.
A fairy is a type of mythical being or legendary creature in European folklore, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural, or preternatural.
The Canotila are forest spirits of Sioux folklore, usually appearing as sprites or dwarves. "Canoti" literally means "tree dweller," and "canotila" means "little tree dweller." They were considered messengers from the spirit world and often appeared to Sioux people in dreams.
Tribal affiliation: Dakota and Lakota tribes
Alternate spellings: Canoti, Can Oti, Canotina, Chan-o-te-na, Can'otial, C'an Do't'idah, Can Hotidan, Chanhotina, Can-o-tila, Cano'ti'na, Hohno'gicidan , Chahoterdah , Oh-no-ge-cha, Oglugechana, Ungnagicaca
Pronunciation: varies by dialect. Canotila is pronounced chawn-oh-tee-lah.
Also known as: Tree Dwellers, Woods Elves
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