Native Americans believe in werewolves.
The Navajo (Native Americans of the Southwestern United States) have a term for werewolves (or what they call skinwalkers) – the Yenaldlooshi (more commonly however, the Navajo werewolf goes by the term Skinwalker). The Navajo word Yenaldlooshi roughly translates to “he who trots along here and there on all fours”(hence the derivation of skinwalker). So for those humans that scoff at werewolf mythology and legends as a being solely of movie culture – think again…the Navajo culture’s beliefs are not based on movies of any kind – the legends go back generations, told down through the years only during the daytime, as it is superstitious to talk of the Yenaldlooshi at night.
The Navajo’s Yenaldlooshi are not what you would typically imagine the werewolf to be. They are not humans afflicted with an unwanted curse, but rather witches who wear a coyote or wolf pelt on nightly forays, seeking revenge against humans that have wronged them. Once the witch dons the animal pelts it give the wearer strength and speed, and often stories of Skinwalkers tell of them being able to travel hundreds of miles at extreme speeds. They are also said to have extraordinatory senses as well as the ability for mind control. Attacks from the Skinwalker or Yenaldlooshi are not easily identified, as they rarely leave any evidence, so it can be hard to determine whether or not it is a Skinwalker that is haunting you. Once you have finally determined that you are being haunted by a Skinwalker, ridding yourself of it is equally hard, although it is said that a medicine man can perform certain ceremonies to help get rid of the Skinwalker.
Since one of the Skinwalker’s main purposes of being and one of the central motivations it has is revenge, it is important to note that Skinwalkers are not kind beings. They have a purpose, and it is not to live quietly among the community.