Indeed--a recent treatment (although not extensive) is in H R Ellis
Davidson's _Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe: EArly Scandanavian and
Celtic Religions_ (Syracuse UP, 1988), pp. 58 and esp. 96 ff. There are
also close connections with Sami shamanistic lore and practices, which in
turn are a part of a whole sub-Artic shamanistic culture that stretches
down into the Amur region in China, across northern NAm, down into the
upper woodland areas esp. in central Canada and (in a somewhat attenuated
way but still very strong with Navajo "witches") into the Am SW (because
the Navajo and Apache are Athabascan peoples, only recently come
south--about 1000 years ago--from the Yukon_Mackenzie area of interior
Alaska and western Canada.
On Mon, 15 Jun 1998, Geoffrey Russom wrote:
> One Germanic valkyrie (Sigrun) has a crow-coat in which she flies. Has
> anyone ever tried to link these types of shamanic skin-changers to the
> Celtic ones?
> Rick Russom