Among the Pawnees there are some members who believe that one can be witched.
Weltfish in commenting on the existence of witchcraft among the Pawnees said, Rivalry and hatred as well as love and community were as much a part of Pawnee life as of our own, and the animal lore of a doctor could be turned to ill as well as to good.
Like some other tribes' practitioners, including the Pawnees, the Menomini witch visited graves of recently interred persons to consume certain internal body parts.
Although many Pawnees can give instances of witchcraft having occurred, only a few believe it still exists and is practiced.
This particular event in which the dead come to the house at night and knock has been experienced by other Pawnees.
As one example in 1998, some Pawnees attended the funeral of a kinswoman who died in southern Oklahoma in the old Choctaw country.
After her death, the Pawnees told the folks back home that when they, her relatives, went to the funeral the Choctaws largely ignored them.
The afflicted woman said that the Pawnees used to be able to reverse the spell, but only certain persons knew how and they are gone she thinks, at least she doesn't know of any who can do it now.
Soon one of the Pawnees singing at that drum began to feel bad, uneasy.
For many years the Wichitas and Pawnees have visited each other on alternate years and have done so for many decades.
Among the Pawnees certain individuals were said to assume animal forms and in this form witchcraft could occur.
Nevertheless, human emotions such as anger, jealousy and the desire for revenge could overcome this restraint, and witching did occur - and does today according to some Pawnees.
When several Pawnees were asked about the Little People, the reply was they had heard about them but they had not seen any so far.
In The Roots of Dependency, his book about the Choctaw, Pawnee
and Navajo, Richard White describes how planned burning for livestock management had a marked effect on the initial growth of prairie grasses: "By elimating the previous year's growth and excessive ground mulch, fire allows the sun to warm the earth more quickly, with the result not only that, in spring, growth comes weeks earlier, but also that yields are significantly higher from March to July, exactly the period when the Pawnees
needed the grass.