in Navajo folklore
. Skinwalkers roam the night
dressed in animal
skins looking for victims, and have the power to turn into the animal whose skin they are wearing. They can control people's minds
, run faster than a car, jump from mesa
to mesa, and cause people to sicken
by hiding "witchcraft
bundles" near their homes or even placing cursed
objects within their bodies.
Too Good to be True, a collection of urban legends by Jan Harold Brunvand, contains a transcript of several Navajo boys recounting a common urban myth ("The Boyfriend's Death") which they of course believe to be absolutely true. In their version, a skinwalker is the perpetrator rather than the standard homicidal maniac.