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Old 07-27-2008, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Las Cruces and loving it!
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There was a comment made on another thread--Probably Moving to Outskirts of Thoreau...--about the possibility of encountering skinwalkers at night.

What can you tell me about skinwalkers, and the beliefs and stories surrounding them?

~clairz
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Old 07-27-2008, 09:44 AM
 
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You can start here for some general info. Then see if you can find a recording of this song and follow along with the words. The whole album is beautiful and haunting and may open your mind to more of this kind of energy.
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Old 07-27-2008, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Branson, Missouri
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Is this like a shapeshifter?
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Old 07-27-2008, 11:48 AM
 
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Yes.
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Old 07-27-2008, 09:03 PM
 
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I grew up near the res, and most Navajos I knew had experiences with skinwalkers (either they or a family member had). The fact that there are witches who have to murder an immediate family member is pretty freaky in and of itself.
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Old 07-27-2008, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Branson, Missouri
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Now I understand why I have the desire to howl like a wolf.
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Old 07-27-2008, 09:27 PM
 
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Wink Witches

An entertaining novel and a good overview of skinwalkers is Tony Hillerman's 'Skinwalkers:'
Amazon.com: Skinwalkers (Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Novels): Tony Hillerman: Books

Briefly, skinwalkers are thought by the Navajo to be witches that can shift their shape to mimic such animals as coyotes.

My understanding that such shifts are possible. Although by the time anyone had obtained such skill unlikely they would be as concerned with the affairs of humans. Many Navajo apparently feel differently, and much myth and legend involved in such things. People with such skill would not be confined to the American Southwest.
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Old 07-27-2008, 10:29 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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I use to live in Farmington and worked with alot of Navajo women,they tried to teach me alot about their culture and many of them have known someone that has encounterd a skinwalker or died from one.

I was told that they take the skin of an animal and wear it and they are basically withces, they kill you by making you sick or by another animal or snake bite. They can appear out of nowhere and run at fast speeds like an animal.
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:33 AM
 
Location: NM
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My uncle works with a Navajo man who encountered a skinwalker. The guy said he was coming from Gallup late at night. And he was about to fall asleep at the wheel, when he stopped on the side of the road to try and wake himself up. Right when he stepped out of the car, he saw something gliding across the tree tops like in the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. He said he was scared stiff, then the skinwalker stopped and was just sitting atop the trees. He looked at the skinwalker and saw an old lady with a painted face. He said he doesn't know how he got home. Plus there are many stories of skinwalkers chasing cars. That's why don't like driving from Gallup late at night.
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Old 07-28-2008, 11:55 AM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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I've heard a few stories that involve skinwalkers between Gallup and Shiprock, it is scary driving through the rez at night knowing what goes on.
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