Atnan

Little People of western Canada.

Etymology: Carrier (Na-Dené), "little people." Variant names: Etna-na-yaz, Kannawdzets. Physical description: Height, 1-3 feet. Long hair.

Behavior: Fast runner. Wears a robe in the winter. Uses stones as weapons.

Distribution: François Lake and Nechako River area, central British Columbia.

Present status: Killed off by the Indians long ag°.

Sources: Diamond Jenness, "Myths of the Carrier Indians of British Columbia," Journal of American Folklore 47 (1934): 97, 247-248; John E. Roth, American Elves (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1997), pp. 115-119.

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