by Diana Ruiz

The Skinwalker originated from Native American myths, legends, and folklore. Skinwalkers are witches who have the ability to transform, possess, or disguise themselves as animals in order to harm people.

They are Native American witches who use Taboo arts to transform themselves into any animal. They are primarily Native-American males but there are also females. Legend says they can shapeshift by draping the hide of a certain animal (mostly coyote/dog/bear/owl) over him/herself, and thus takes form and traits of that animal. In addition, the witch gains that animal’s strength, speed, and endurance. They are indistinguishable from normal humans or animals in either of these forms, though they sometimes appear as a half-human or mutant forms of their chosen animal.