I hear the dogs barking. They were chasing something and we listened, they chased it behind the house and it jumped to the edge of the roof on south side of the house. My bed is southwest of the room and the creature was climbing on top. We turned off the flash light and my sister went under cover. I slowly got up and I went across the room to wake up my parents. I turned on the flash light, shined it in their face so they can wake up. that did not help, and they said, it's a cat. I'm I went back to my bed and went under the cover and listen. By this time I heard it climbing and it was scratching the window as it climbed to the roof. When it climbed, I can hear it breathing, and scratching the walls and windows, and when when it got on top, It sound like a person walking from south to north, round and round. The dogs were barking and running around the house as it walked back and forth, and at one time it stopped. He was not moving and suddenly, he hit one of the dogs with a long 2" diameter pole. My sister threw that pole on the roof a day before. When the dog was hit, he was hurt. I can hear that pole when it was thrown at the dog. I laid in bed listening to the foot steps. The foot steps is not a dog or a cat, it was a human, heavy person walking with two legs. I fell asleep as I listened to the heavy steps.
The next morning, and I check the area. There were weird foot prints, we tried to tell my parents but they just brushed it off. No one paid attention to us. The prints were not too clear because the ground was too hard. Since no one listens we didn't bother.
Within four days my cousin passed away, she was 25 years old. She is the one that lived on the north side of the house. Before she pass on, on Sunday afternoon, she mentioned a bad headache, that was the last time I heard her talking about the pain. In the afternoon, we went back to boarding school and by Wednesday Or Thursday my uncle came with the bad news. She passed away after two or three day. That was the hardest and saddest thing to take as a kid. After she passed on, my family brought in a medicine man and he conducted a ceremony. And he said, TWO OF YOU KNOW ABOUT IT. Everyone looked at me and my sister. We never repeated our story to the medicine man. He said, "it's a man in a bear skin, and I saw he was on the roof of the house. When it walk on the roof he was using a white powder and blew it over her. He walked round and round and round and he blew some kind of power on everyone to put you all to a deep sleep. He had a helper, it was a hummingbird, he did the lookout thru a peep hole. He blew this white power on her and that is how she passed away. Then he explained, I see lights, The light traveling toward our house. It was like a bright flash light, not a spot light. The medicine man says, tat is it, it is that light. He conducted the prayers and chanted songs. He prayed using sacred words, words I never heard. He takes out the fire ashes and arrow heads to ward off the evil skinwalker. After singing and praying for several hours, the light disappeared.
At the time I did not fully understand what he meant, white powder. Later my grandma tells me, that white powder is crushed human bone, and they get this from the graveyard. She did not tell me much .
I asked my grandma too many questions, but sometimes, she told me, don't ask, you are not old enough to know. My grandma always told us to close the curtains, and she said, skinwalker might be watching us close all the curtains. Or she said, close all the curtains we don't want to see ghost.
Another time, we had a ceremony in a hogan (one room and round house). It was after midnight and my father was singing, and I heard the dogs barking close behind him. I could not hear the songs, instead I heard the dogs. My brother goes out and checked, they did not see anything. The next morning, I walked to the spot behind the hogan and I saw a big spot on the ground, someone sat behind him and walked toward south west The same foot prints, the one I seen before, and these prints had clear markings. It was a human hand prints in the middle and bear claw around it. My grandma yells at me not to follow the prints and leave it and my dad reassured me not to worry. He said, we prayed all night and we will not let it get to us. I am young and I wanted to know why, it keep coming only at night. I yelled so loud to it, "why don't you come in day time and tell us what you want. Don't hide behind that skin!
After a year the new house was finish and we moved in. My youngest sister was about four or five years old. Every evening I had to warm up the house. Before we start the fire, I always take out the ashes and we took it out to a big 100 gallons barrel. The barrel was set about 60 yard southeast of the new house.