In Navajo lore, there's one creature so terrifying that the Navajo themselves rarely dare to even utter its name. That creature is the skinwalker, also called yee naaldlooshii, or ‘with it, he goes on all fours,' and it’s perhaps the most bone-chilling monster in the entirety of Native American mythology.
However, the skinwalkers actually aren’t monsters at all — they're people, often former healers or medicine men who have crossed over into darkness. Able to transform into animals and wear their skins, skinwalkers are said to be pure evil, capable of spreading disease, disaster, and death.
But what’s scariest about these supernatural creatures is that they’re not merely confined to legend. Many witnesses have claimed to see skinwalkers and their glowing red eyes in real life. There's even a hotbed of activity in Utah called Skinwalker Ranch, where some have reported unsettling encounters in the depth of night…
This is the legend of the skinwalker, the elusive, violent creature that the Navajo won’t even mention — lest they conjure it straight to their door.