Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday Mythical Creatures

Native American
(Yeenaeldooshi - "with it, he goes on all fours" - Navajo)

  • Usually described as naked, except for a coyote skin or wolf skin.
  • Described as being fast, impossible to catch and agile.
  • Sometimes transform into an animal to travel large distances or just to wreck havoc.
  • Wild animal hides are taboo, and rarely seen in Navajo culture, because of thier assosiation with Skin-walkers.
  • In some Navajo legends, they have the power to read human minds. Also have th ability to make any human or animal noise they want.
  • Cannot completely transform into the animal, usually has a slight flaw in its gait or movements that lets humans tell that it is not a true animal.
  • Gain power by killing a close relative, usually a sibling.
  • According to legend the only way to shoot one is to dip bullets into white ash.

Skin-Walker In Books

Moon Called + Others in series by Patricia Briggs - Mercedes the main character is a Skin-Walker
Kitty Takes A Holiday by Carrie Vaughn  - There are two Skin-Walkers in this book who follow the old legends of killing your sibling to gain power.
Skinwalker + Others in Series by Faith Hunter - Jane Yellowrock is a Skin-Walker and main character
Skinwalkers by Tony Hillerman - A Mystery Novel (#7 in the series) that is based around Skin-Walkers


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