The Skinwalker is an aspect of Native American mythology, possibly of current religion, though there is no available documentation to confirm that.

A Skinwalker is a shaman that has gained the ability to take on one or more animal forms. Apparently the term 'skinwalker' itself originates from an idea that these individuals wear animal skins in order to bring on this change.(citation needed) This is a similar concept to the Werewolf myth that "witches" and such may turn into were-creatures by wearing the skins of the desired animal.

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 Because physical-shifting is proven to be not possible, the act of "shifting" into another creature or creatures is most likely a therian or polytherian using an animal's pelt as a key to trigger extreme phantom and mental shifts for a certain amount of time.
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