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Werewolves

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Native Americans deeply believe that many of them are involved with werewolves. They view the werewolves as  hunter fellow that are to be respected and admired. Europe, North America have werewolves but their race is different. The true blue blood came from native America. Native Americans used to have the idea that werewolves are men transforming into beasts. Many aborigines including Mohawk, the territories of whom once included from upstate New York to southern Quebec, believed that those who could shift were known as lemmikin (sometimes yenaldooshi) but the Navajo tribe are eminent for its shifter beliefs. These shifters are known as skin walkers, the Navajo word for skin walkers is yenaldooshi, meaning, “he goes on all fours.”

In the beginning werewolves were human beings and that’s why they look like humans. After getting spiritual powers they have gained some different forms of human. The main difference is that their eyes are large and glowing. It is better to avoid looking at their eyes while suspecting they are werewolves. People believe that if someone looks into the eyes of a skinwalker, it can take grip of the person and steal that individual’s skin.  Native Americans also buy that their skin and bone evidently are rock hard,making it to axes and arrows. They can read your minds. They can trap people out of their homes and into the woods by imitating the voices and cries of loved ones. Back in the days, people held the belief that becoming a skinwalker was influenced by dark forces. It was thought that a person who becomes a skinwalker must have done something immoral to allure that darkness. They have two popular myths about werewolves .

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Myth 1:  In this legend, there was a spirit god named Wisakacheck (pronunciation wee-za-kha-check) who was a shapeshifter and lived in woods.

One day Wisakacheckwas was roaming in the woods in the form of a man when he saw two brothers hunting foxes.(History of werewolf from Gods & monster.com)

Myth 2: Aeons ago, a young adorable Native American woman with three companions, was walking outside the village. They were going to a place to collect a plant whose roots they used for food. During the journey, a wolf (appeared as a dashing handsome man) was trotting across the path, strong, sleek and scarcely noticing the girls. The young woman said, “How handsome he is! I wish my husband, when I marry could be as strong and fearless as him.”

At that very night when the woman went to sleep, the wolf came in (wolves know everything about human minds). The girl did not know about his arrival. The wolf awoke the sleeping girl and told her that he was going to take her with him. Opening her eyes, she saw a fine dashing silky haired man standing before her. She has never seen such a handsome man.  The woman went with the wolf to his home. That place was very far away from her home on the mountains. Two sons were born- half wolf, half man.

The old father of the girl, meanwhile, didn’t know where his girl was. They searched for her everywhere but was unable to find her.

In the wolf country the eldest son who has grown into a man, asked his mother why he looked different from the people around him (wolves). His mother told him the story.

Then the son asked when she was going home, because he wished very much to see what it looked like there. So the woman told her husband that their son would like to see his grandfather. He finally agreed, but before they went, as gift to his wife, the wolf began to teach the woman about the Kulkwana (the wolf ritual) which they had there. It was the chief of wolf that the woman was married to and all the wolves came to the chief’s house to have Kulkwana. When she finished learning all about it, the wolves came to take her to her village.

They bought her to her father’s house at night and waited behind the other houses but did not go near. The woman encountered her father but he did not know it was her because it was nighttime and she has changed a lot in the years passed. The old father grieved because he thought that his daughter was lost, that she was no more. But at last she revealed herself  to him and told him everything about her marriage and the wolves. After that she told him that she was going to have a song of her own as a sign that the wolves had brought her back and by which might know her again.   (Summary myth based on Native American’s legend the wolf ritual of the northwest coast)

The father gathered his people and informed them that his was daughter back. They heard the wolves outside and began to beat on long boards and sticks. The wolves howled four times and departed.

Then the woman taught her father kulkwana, and the secrets she had learnt from wolves as to their power and strengths. She had taught her father the process of Kulkawana and later taught the rest of the tribes all that his daughter had learned from the wolves.

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The people believed in skin walkers. These are evil shamans who can take the form of other animals. The Native Americans, in the beginning, did not believe in vampires. It was mainly a belief among the Europeans. Fictional book should not be taken as real.  Twilight fans think, Stephenie Meyer was the one who came up with Native American werewolves, no, I’m afraid that is a very old belief that many tribes have. Since Twilight is causing a stir of interest in Native American lore and beliefs- especially with the second movie, New Moon coming out soon which has much more of Jacob Black and the rest of the wolves. Jacob Black was of true royal blue werewolf.

The myth that werewolves will die from a silver bullet to the heart is no myth at all. But completely true. If people are  good shooter and have bullets made of pure silver with some natural elements on hand then it’s easy to kill werewolves. I think we don’t need to kill them. Because they are part of the supernatural world.

 

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