Cannies, or cannibalism (from Caníbales, the Spanish name for the Caribs, a West Indies tribe that formerly practiced cannibalism) was the act or practice of humans eating the flesh or internal organs of other human beings.
It is also called anthropophagy. A person who practices cannibalism is called a cannibal. The expression "cannibalism" has been extended into zoology to mean one individual of a species consuming all or part of another individual of the same species as food, including sexual cannibalism.
Cannies were found throughout the Deathlands, and were often devious, and violent in earning their meals.