Few of the many ethnic and cultural groups of Arcadia are known to visitors from the Inner Sea region (and fewer still in those travelers' homelands).
The Ulfen settlers who were the first recorded Avistani humans to encounter people on Arcadia gave them the derogatory nickname "skraelings",2 but the people were known in Arcadia as the Kansari. The Kansari were originally hostile to the colonists of Valenhall, attacking with arrows and tomahawks, until unknown Ulfen diseases thinned their ranks. Today, the Kansari and nearby Mahwek live in uneasy balance with the Ulfen and other Avistani settlers.314
The Mahwek people dominate northeastern Arcadia, and are the most populous and well-known Arcadian ethnicity to the continent's Avistani settlers.14 The nation of Degasi is mostly comprised of Mahwek, as are three other nations that join it in a trade coalition that protects and regulates the Avistani colonies.4
Little is known of Arcadia's Calani people.1
Little is known of Arcadia's Oeurfasian people.1
In the Inner Sea region
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- “Chapter 1: Common Races” in Inner Sea Races, 64. Paizo Inc., 2015 .
- "Skraeling" also has derogatory connotations in the real world and is unlikely to appear in future canon works, per Paizo developer Adam Daigle and creative director James Jacobs. For further discussion, see the talk page.
- The Inner Sea World Guide, 203. Paizo Inc., 2011 .
- “Segada” in Distant Shores, 51. Paizo Inc., 2015 .