When the Cherokee tribes of America first settled in Ohio, they were welcomed by a race of Giant being, which had settled in the area, long before the Cherokee. It is said they are responsible for the ancient ruins which dot the area.
The Cherokee called them the moon eyed men or moon men, this was apparently due to them only being able to see in the dark.
From Old World Roots of the Cherokee, chapter 5, “America’s Middle Ages,” pp. 78-79, we read:
What kind of Indians lived in the territory the Choctaw and Chickasaw carved out for their new home? According to their traditions, reports Cushman, as confirmed by excavations of bones in Tennessee, it was a “race of white giants”:
The tradition of the Choctaws… told of a race of giants that once inhabited the now State of Tennessee, and with whom their ancestors fought when they arrived in Mississippi in their migration from the west,
It was always believed that these tales were just stories passed down from generation to generation, the tribe for example had a legend of the mastodon, roaming the great plains of America when they arrived,.
However, overt the past few years the remains of this mythical race have began to surface, confirming the Cherokees accounts. The giant skeletons are very unusual.
Innumerable moons ago, a race of white men, ten feet high, and far more rich and powerful than any white people now living, here inhabited a large range of country, extending from the rising to the setting sun.
Their fortifications crowned the summits of the mountains, protecting their populous cities situated in the intervening valleys.
They excelled every other nation which was flourished, either before or since, in all manner of cunning handicraft — were brave and warlike — ruling over the land they had wrested from its ancient possessors with a high and haughty hand. Compared with them the palefaces of the present day were pygmies, in both art and arms.
They drove the Indians from their homes, putting them to the sword, and occupying the valleys in which their fathers had dwelt before them since the world began.