Background Photo of an alley that runs through an old Mill House
(Circa 1700’s). To the right of the figure is the old Mill offices. Carts and Buggy’s
unloaded customers here. To keep them from getting wet in the snow and rain.
My Shape Shiftier now calls it home.
There are a few legends to the roots of the skin walker. One such comes from the long walk. during this time, Skin walkers would shape shift to flee the horrors of living under the torture of the white man. It made them faster and the soldiers were unable to detect them running.
Another was that the skin walker was started by the poor community in the old days. At night a skin walker would dress up in ceremonial dress an go from door to door. The more well off people would leave something outside their hogan for the skin walker. Eventually with times changing people forgot about the skin walker and stopped leaving things for them. This led to resentment among the poor and they turned on those who forgot them. And now they exist as a hateful people out for revenge.
Finally there are those who tell of the skin walker as a medicine man. It was started by the Lakota, when they would dress up like wolves to hunt the bison. The tradition made its way to the Navajo people and it was adopted by the medicine men. However, in this legend it does not explain how the Skin walker became full of hate for his fellow tribe.
Many Navajos believe the Anasazi had a lot to do with the witchcraft that runs in their community. Thus, Anasazi ruins and graves are strictly taboo. Its said that a skin walker will use the bones of the Anasazi for their charms.
Skin walker was featured in
SoMBA Gallery Don’t Look Back!
Pick of the Week 6/16/2010 in, Back in Blackwas featured in Dark and Industrial Imagerywas featured in OUTSIDE THE BOX!
was featured in Gallery of Pain
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