Run for the hills folks. A creature lurking in your neck of the woods wants to steal your skin. It could be stalking you this very moment. Skinstealers, Skinwalkers or Shape Shifters, as they are referred to by anthropologists, are found in Navajo legend and are thought to be powerful witches by the Native Americans. Bigfoot is even a term referring to this mysterious creature. Are they one and the same?
The Skinwalker can turn himself into any animal by wearing that animal's hide. Mostly commonly they are seen as a coyote, wolf, owl, fox, or crow. Because of this bears, coyotes, wolves, and cougars pelts are tabooed in Navajo culture. They are also known to shape shift into another human's body by looking directly in their eyes. They prey on children and the weak. These evil beings cast curses and bring bad luck to anyone who crosses his path. To become a Skinwalker you must kill a family member. That can only lead to nothing good! Native Americans do not talk about Skinwalkers. Can you blame them? Little information is known about these evil beings.
Would you know a Skinwalker if you passed him on the street? Some characteristics of a Skinwalker include their eyes glowing like an animal while in human form but when transformed into an animal their eyes are a hellish red. They will do anything to keep their identity under wraps, even murder. Skinwalkers sometimes use corpse powder to kill their victims. Can't find that at the corner store.
A friend in the UK said they believe these evil beings were never human but can take the form of various creatures and are linked to the werewolf legends. After some research I discovered the stories of humans transforming into werewolves is very old and come from ancient myths of Greece and Scandinavia.
There is a remote location in Utah called the Skinwalker Ranch or UFO Ranch. It is thought to be located on the path of the Skinwalker. This 480 acre ranch is privately owned and dedicated to researching strange phenomenon happening around the ranch. Can anyone say road trip? UFO sightings, Bigfoot, other cryptids, and animal mutilations are often reported here. Here is an interesting article about the ranch.
The Ute, a Native American tribe, believe the Skinwalker lives in a place not far from Skinwalker Ranch called Dark Canyon. This canyon is located on tribal land and has petroglyphs on the walls depicting the Skinwalker and should be avoided at all costs so the Skinwalker is not provoked. Brilliant idea.
What do these scary animal-pelt-wearing creatures want? Power. And they will do anything to get it.
Read about a run-in with a Skinwallker here.