The story revolves around the legend of the skin walkers or "S Dubs", a folk legend from Utah about the spirits of murdered Indians returning to seek revenge upon those who disrespect the land.

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Cast

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Harrison Lowe ...
Roman George
James Dalgam ...
Bister
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Saginaw Grant ...
Wilson Sam
Nicholas Bartolo ...
Tommy Nakai
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Davis Nakai
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Nina
Drew Lacafa ...
Bobby
Sheila Tousey ...
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Dr. Stone
Ryan Polequaptewa ...
Lonnie Mack
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Faced with the murder of three medicine men, Navajo police must find the culprit. That the murders appear to be the work of a Skinwalker, or bad medicine man, complicate and illuminate the detective's work. Written by robert_chambers@juno.com

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Detective Leaphorn trusts hard facts. Officer Chee trusts ancient tradition. Their beliefs will be tested as they try to catch a mysterious killer.

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Skinwalkers - kostajat haudan takaa  »

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Most of this movie was made in and around Superior Arizona. Some scenes are from Globe Arizona. The steep cliffs shown in numerous scenes is called Apache Leap. Ironic being this movie and series was based on the Navajo Indians. The Movie U Turn was also famously filmed here as well. See more »

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The knife found in Chee's tire is held in place by grey putty, clearly seen and covering the tire tread. See more »

Quotes

Emma Leaphorn: I can't tell you how right it feels to be here. Oh, come one. I mean, childhood in Phoenix or not. Joe, can't you... Can't you feel it?
Lt. Joe Leaphorn: Oh, God, I wish I did. I keep waiting for something, but... nothing.
Emma Leaphorn: Well, whatever happens from here on out, I'm not leaving.
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Follows The Dark Wind (1991) See more »

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Superb PBS Mystery program of book by Hillerman
24 November 2002 | by (Georgia) – See all my reviews

Having read several of Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee mysteries, I was excited to learn that one would be the first American series of PBS' Mystery.

Wes Studi portrayed the "uptight" Leaphorn very well. I first saw him as the scoundrel Magua in Last of the Mohicans, a part well suited to him. Adam Beach was also great as the more sensitive and perhaps a little naive Jim Chee. Although I guessed who the villain was in this story, it was close to the end when Leaphorn and Chee also discovered the truth.

I grew up seeing Native Americans or Indians always the enemy. It is good to see a story of Indians and their cultural ways in an everyday setting.


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