This is the true story of Charles Langley, an Englishman from London, who became apprentice to a powerful Navajo Indian medicine man in the remote desert of the American Southwest. His first experiences of Navajo witchcraft, divination, healing, and of visions induced by the peyote cactus, proved so remarkable, and so other-worldly, he knew others would find them hard to believe. Encouraged by the medicine man Blue Horse, and using skills honed as a top British journalist, Langley began a detailed diary from which this book has been crafted.
Readers will learn of the daily fight against witches and witchcraft. Of skin walkers, who are human shape shifters the Navajo believe can turn themselves into animals and birds; of visions, and of extraordinary feats of divination and healing, as well as fascinating insights into the unique culture of the Navajo tribe. As Blue Horse's apprentice, Langley finds himself inhabiting a parallel world in which much that his western upbringing and education scoffs at as impossible, becomes an everyday reality.Eventually, he realizes he must choose between his big city existence with its comfortable preconceptions, or accept that the terrifying world of Navajo witchcraft is real and, despite the risk, he must explore it further