The indigenous peoples of North America have rich cultures stemming back thousands of years that vary widely from tribe to tribe. One of the most fascinating American myths and legends from the native Navajo people is that of the “skinwalker.”
Navajo legend has it that skinwalkers are shapeshifting evil witches that disguise themselves as disfigured animals to terrorize people. The evil witches wear the skins of the animals they want to transform into, like coyotes, wolves, and bears, and come out at night in the form of terrifying, swift-moving humanoids or half-animal beings to perform terrible acts.
While it is difficult to believe that witches who can transform into four-legged humanoid figures exist, there are those in the American Midwest and Southwest that tell of skinwalker sightings that were as terrifying as they were unbelievable.
Terrifying Skinwalkers Sightings - Skinwalkers May Be Real
If you live in the Southern regions of the United States and hear a pack of coyotes howling at night, you might wonder if they are skinwalkers. You might ask: "Are skinwalkers real?" "What can I do to protect myself and my family if those are skinwalkers disguised as coyotes?"
Well, whether you believe or are skeptical that skinwalkers are real, it's best to stay safe and be prepared incase the legend turns out to be true after all and you encounter a skinwalker. Seriously, skinwalkers may be real; it's best to be prepared.
If you encounter a skinwalker and you are brave enough to face off with it, you'll want to know what you can do to protect yourself and your family. Different sources provide tips to confront supernatural beings like skinwalkers and live to tell the tale.
So, what can you do to protect yourself from skinwalkers?
Tips to Protect Yourself and Survive a Skinwalker
A skinwalker illustration.
Here are some tips that will come in handy to protect yourself from an encounter with skinwalkers:
1. Keep a watchful eye on your livestock
A common belief among local Native American tribes is that all manner of nasty critters of the deep will target livestock to feed and use for all sorts of evil purposes.
Be on the lookout for skinwalkers hovering around your livestock, but don't be afraid. Stay calm. Skinwalkers are said to thrive on fear and can control you through fear.
2. Watch out for footprints or tracks
Skinwalkers are evil and dangerous humanoids, and their tracks can be identified by their unique footprints that look like an animal's but also have a human print as well.
For example, if you're in the woods and see a footprint in the shape of a wolf's or a bear's paw with a man's fingerprint on it, that would be very suspicious.
The creature is also said to have the power of invisibility and can disappear in front of your eyes. So, if you see a bipedal animal - like a raccoon or possum - running on two legs and then suddenly it disappears, that is a sign you may have seen a skinwalker.
If possible, leave the place quickly. And don't go meddling in sacred areas.
3. Don't stare skinwalkers in the eyes
If you ever encounter skinwalkers, do not stare skinwalkers in the eye. It will only make the skinwalker uneasy and angry. Avoid skinwalker stares at all costs.
Looking directly in the eyes of aggressive animals is interpreted as a behavior in challenging or establishing dominance. Avoid its gaze, unless you want to challenge the creature to a fight.
Besides, when you stare skinwalkers in the eye, they can look into your soul with their strong gaze, hypnotize you, and make you do strange things that are out of your control.
A skinwalker stare is so gruesome that those who know better avoid it, and refer to skinwalker stare as a "death stare." A skinwalker stare can also make people think they see things that aren't there.
So, by all means, avoid a skinwalker stare if you want to skip a violent confrontation with the creature and survive a skinwalker encounter.
4. Don't run away
In an encounter with one or more skinwalkers, back away slowly, avoiding its gaze—but don't run.
Running away will only make it more likely that skinwalkers will attack you, which can lead to being hurt or turned into one of them.
And don't turn your back on skinwalkers either, or they will follow you back to your home. Instead, stay calm and back away from skinwalkers slowly.
The most important thing is to not show fear, scream, or shout unless they actually attack you. This will give off an air of confidence and power that could scare skinwalkers off.
5. Call the skinwalker by name
Legend has it that if you happen to know the name of the evil, shapeshifting witch that has transformed into a skinwalker, you can kill them by simply calling them by their human name while they are in that transformed form.
Just make sure you get their name right the first time because if you don't get their name right, the skinwalker will be royally pissed that you tried that. If you do get its name right, the skinwalker will wither away and die within a few days.
An encounter with skinwalkers is said to be quite terrifying, but you may still be able to survive a skinwalker. Use the tips listed above to lower the chances of being attacked and increase your odds of surviving a skinwalker encounter.
Remember, watch your livestock, stay calm, do not wander alone or whistle at night so that you do not draw their attention, and avoid a skinwalker stare if you do encounter the creature. Do not stare into skinwalkers eyes as it may hypnotize you.
Also, do not turn your back on a skinwalker or run away from it because the skinwalker's instincts to kill will kick in and it will chase or follow you wherever you go. Instead, back away slowly if you come face to face with a skinwalker. And stay out of sacred places.
Hence, if you have ever wondered if skinwalkers are real and how you can survive a skinwalker encounter, now you have your answers. Skinwalkers may be real, so don't go looking for them. These creatures come in and out of our dimension seemingly at will.
Of course, the legend of skinwalkers does not conform to any scientific theory, and there is no concrete scientific evidence that these creatures actually exist. But there have been many reports of skinwalker sightings over the years, including viral skinwalker sightings posted on social media. Books have also been written about skinwalkers, like the popular “Hunt for the Skinwalker.”
Hollywood has also picked up on the legend with popular documentaries and films on the creatures, such as the 2006 action horror film “Skinwalkers.” There is even a ranch named after the dreadful creatures – The Skinwalker Ranch, or Sherman Ranch – located southeast of Ballard in Utah where paranormal activities and occurrences are reported on the 512-acre ranch.