Thanks for this interesting story...
I was wondering if you read any of Lynn Andrews' books? I have about six, but I have only read two of them so far, I need to get back to them. But the stories are supposed to be real. Although, many people don't believe they are because of so much of it being less than believable. She meets up with and challenges various American Indian evil shamen who have shape-shifting abilites. Medicine Woman was the first one I read, very good read. And lets see...I'm looking at my book shelf...Star Woman is another, and...Windhorse Woman, and Spirit Woman. Anyway, you might find them interesting reads with your Indian connections. She is a white woman who was called to train under these two wise old Indian teachers basically. And her visits to them and the journeys she experiences are quite remarkable. Is any of it true? I think so. But plenty of people would disagree!
Glad the beast didn't get ya!