There have been legends across the world of men transforming into animals and vice versa. The old country werewolves and vampires, Japanese spirits like the nine-tailed fox, even old Greek heroes of tragedy.
The myth of changing forms is rooted deeply in all worldly cultures. One of the most isolated cultures, for the longest time, belonged to the American Natives.
While the rest of the world was engaged in a great age of sail, they had no oceanic routes or big ships to travel in.
They were insulated into their territories, where their tales and histories grew over time.
Even so, they developed similar myths and with similar purposes.
Warning against strangers, sowing distrust into communities, and leading others to beware of dangerous animals that lived outside.
And, of course, there are still sightings to this day. The Skinwalker Myth requires more knowledge to preserve it in culture and safety’s sake, just in case.
10 Behind The Name
Many tribes of Native Americans have their Skinwalker myths. The Navajo call theirs “yee naaldlooshi,” which translates roughly to “with it, he goes on all fours,” referring to how they move and act.
While many others have their naming conventions, the Navajo have been the source of the most popularized versions of the creature tales.
9 Evil, Or Misunderstood?
Most tribes consider Skinwalkers as entirely evil. They are wicked people who partake in terrible rituals to gain unnatural powers.
As such, they are viewed as monsters born from human ambition. Greed, malice, and revenge are the sources of Skinwalker stories.
However, other accounts say that the rituals they conducted, though misguided, were shamanism no different from what the villagers did. They wore animal pelts and prayed for powers. Only when they went too far did they become a problem.