Your True Tales
November 2006 - Page 12
If you know of how many strange things happen on the Navajo Reservation, then you probably know what I'm going to talk about next. Well, I'm sure you know about Navajo skinwalkers. Skinwalkers are taboo. They can't be talked about a whole lot or else they might start bothering you. You can get bothered by them at night, and even in the daytime. They bother you whenever they want, and seemingly, wherever they want.
Ever since I started college, I've felt a type of freedom from the things that have happened at home. I'm brave enough to walk alone at night, and I'm brave enough to sleep too. But as far as we are from home, there are a few things that still creep after us. My boyfriend from Fort Lewis College, in Durango, Colorado, has had a number of things happen to him in his life. He's had a few run-ins with skinwalkers. So he knows a skinwalker when he sees one. He'd been blessed by a medicine man before he left, to protect him.
Even so, he received one frightful visitor on a cold night behind the dorms. There is a kind of slope that runs down, behind the dorms in which he stays. He was standing just outside of the building, looking into the darkness, when he saw something move, just down the hill. He saw it was a deer. Imagine his shock when he discovered his feet were rooted to the spot. He couldn't move. He was paralyzed except for his eyes. He only could open and close them, and look side to side. This is an event that often happens upon sighting a skinwalker. They have a substance that they use on you to paralyze you. It is said to be made from corpses, most often stolen bodies.
There was something wrong with this so-called deer. It was a spike deer, but the problem with his antlers was that it was taller than antler spikes would be, and they were standing straight up, with no curve in them. The second part about of the deer was his eyes. The deer's eyes were the size of tennis balls, and they protruded from his head kind of like a mouse's would. They were huge and dark, and it stared at him as it stood broadside on the slope. My boyfriend said he'd never seen eyes like that on a deer, and hoped he'd never see them again, for they were terrifying and bizarre. Kind of how you would be scared of an alien's eyes, during an abduction.
It was about a minute before he could move again, and the deer sauntered off into the darkness. The next night was uneventful, but a girl was cleaning out the attic of the building and found what appeared to be a human femur, and a woven rug. It is probably unrelated to the deer skinwalker, but who knows? It could be. He became sick with a severe cold after this happened, and he is the type of person to never get sick. He has had feelings of somebody observing him from the bedroom window, and on one occasion, as we were talking on the phone, saw a sinister movement move swiftly by the window.
I hope I never experience anything like that, especially in college. But he did, and it is likely that skinwalkers aren't bothered by how faraway you are. Nothing matters to them except how scared you get.
Do you have a paranormal tale to tell?