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Skinwalker by technopygmalion Skinwalker by technopygmalion
People often underestimate the sheer creep factor of some Native American legends. Case in point: the Skinwalker, most commonly connected to the Navajo, but acknowledged by other Southwestern tribes as well. Often lumped into the same category as the European werewolf, Skinwalkers are a much different kind of entity.

Depending on who you ask, the Skinwalker is either a witch or an evil spirit, who assumes animal form in order to torment its victims. Wolves and coyotes are most common, but skinwalkers can be any animal, or any combination of various animal and human features. A human witch who becomes a skinwalker does so by committing various atrocious acts, including killing a relative and necrophilia. They are also said to perform perverted versions of Navajo ceremonies, sort of like a native version of a black mass. Unlike a werewolf, a skinwalker does not kill its victims with sheer force. Instead, they use mind control and evil magic In particular; "corpse powder," made from human remains, and shards of bone which they shoot into their victim's bodies to curse them.

This belief is considered very serious in the Four Corners region, and many people report seeing these beings.

So, here is my interpretation of a skinwalker enchanting its bone shards with corpse powder.

9 x 12, Prismacolor pencils on Artagain.
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AzrielEver Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Here's to remembering just how creepy these things are.
Brrrr
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UrbanFurest Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
I am curious to the origion of this story. Its fairly typical of "that black cat is a witch". Now that I think about it, its a common theme in native peoples
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