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Ghost Adventures makes controversial trip to Skinwalker Canyon in the Navajo Nation

Zak meets representatives of the Navajo Nation
Zak meets representatives of the Navajo Nation as Ghost Adventures heads to Skinwalker Canyon. Credit: Travel Channel

This week  on Ghost Adventures, Zak Bagans and the team head to Navajo Nation lands where they investigate Ojo Amarillo, also known as Skinwalker Canyon.

Ojo Amarillo is the Spanish name for the area and it translates as ‘yellow eye,’ so Zak and the team are in no doubt from the start that this place has a reputation.

Local people tell the team about numerous encounters with skin-changing creatures with one woman saying she was chased whilst driving her car and another man saying one jumped ointo his roof. They also encounter a skinwalker trackers and this man is armed for business, so a lot of the locals take the legends pretty seriously.

Zak says he's ben intrigued with the legends
Zak says he’s ben intrigued with the legends of Ojo Amarillo. Credit: Travel Channel

The skinwalkers themselves are said to be Navajo witches who’ve gone bad and have the ability to turn into animals like a coyote, wolf, deer, bear, or even a bird. They are said to be able to cause sickness, take control of people, rob graves, kill cattle and even murder people.

The Ghost Adventures team says they were given permission to investigate the area and indeed were invited. However, there were some voices of dissent with some posters on social media saying they were treading on sacred ground and should stay clear.

The canyon is in New Mexico
The canyon is in New Mexico within Navajo Nation Off-Reservation Trust Land

Travel Channel told Indian Country Network Media that:  “The producers of Ghost Adventures received permission from the Navajo Nation Film Office’s Office of Broadcast Services to shoot in Ojo Amarillo and Upper Fruitland, New Mexico.”

Most of the comments on social media have been positive but there are a few negative ones
Most of the comments on social media have been positive but there are a few negative ones

Zak himself also spoke to the outlet and said he tried to ignore negative comments on his work. Saying he blocked all negative reviews or comments directed at him on social media.

The team say they were invited and were respectful
The team say they were invited and were respectful

He claims that all he did was tweet that some Navajo people did not want to speak abotu the skinwalker topic and that some people seemed to have taken offence. He also points out that they’ve been filming in the area for nearly a decade and have always gotten a warm reception.

Ghost Adventures airs on Saturdays at 9PM on Travel Channel.  

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