Are Werewolves and Skinwalkers the Same Thing?

I recently watched this paranormal documentary-type show, a relatively well-done one wherein the investigator approached the subject from a journalistic standpoint, not sensationalizing things but not displaying closed-mindedness either, a stance that I wish all investigators would adopt. This particular program put a unique spin on things—unique insofar as such television programs are concerned—by suggesting that the Beast of Bray Road, the Michigan Dogman, and other werewolf-esque entities are in fact Skinwalkers. Or, more to the point, they are the same entities as those that are referred to by the Navajo people of the American Southwest as “Skinwalkers”. It’s a tantalizing argument, but I’m not so sure.

Skinwalkers, according to the lore, are human beings who use magic to transform into animals or animal-like forms, and are always evil. I don’t know that Dogmen are or were ever human to begin with. I suspect they are not. Also, Skinwalkers are always evil, and I’m not convinced all Dogmen are. The Beast of Bray Road, for example, if one accepts the accounts of firsthand encounters, has had the opportunity more than once of killing someone but hasn’t done it. Chased people, yes. Scared them stupid, yes. But it hasn’t actually harmed any of them. I suspect the Beast is something of a guardian, a guard dog. What’s it there to protect? One theory posits Native American burial sites, which if true would establish a connection to Indian spirituality, the same world inhabited by the Skinwalker. Are they the same thing? I remain unconvinced. But they might be related.

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at MORTUI VELOCES SUNT!

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