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The Legend of Bear
Told by Chief Spirit Hawk
Come sit with me, a lesson and story
I tell today; its The legend of the Bear; come sit as
I tell you the story and the meaning of the Great Bear Clan.
Thousands of years ago, the tribes
believed that when the bear went into hibernation his spirit
form would come out and roam freely over the land.
One of the famous Indian myths is
about an Indian Chiefs daughter who married a young bear
who was the nephew of the Great Bear Chief. The couple had twin
bear cubs and she became known as the Bear Mother. In this myth
the story is told that the brothers of the Bear Mother killed
her bear husband. Because of this the Indian tribe the Bear
clan was born, and they agreed upon using the bear as their
crest. This gave honor and respect to save the relationship
between the two species of bears and humans and they lived together
in the forests.
There are many sacred bears in todays
modern day society; other tribes that lived on the same lands
as the bear but it is the tribes of the Pacific Northwest that
made the symbol so popular with their handmade artwork and crafts
thousands of years ago. All of the Native tribes had great respect
for such a big and strong creature, and if they killed a bear
while hunting for food they had to first treat the bear like
a brother and guest in the home of their chief before they could
eat the meat and they wasted nothing of the brother bear they
use the hide for clothing and bones for tools and the meat for
Everywhere you go today you see many
different symbols of the bear, and some of the most common of
these are things that are still shown in such as the totem pole,
dreamcatchers, and jewelry among many other pieces of Native
American art just like it was thousands of years ago and the
animals such as the Indian bear; are known as the black bears
and grizzly bears, and since long ago the true tribes like today
still believe that the bear is thought to be the great masters
of the forest and that is another reason they are respected;
it is this respect that is shared just like the same with the
land with the Indian tribes, and it's believed so what would
affect one species would in turn affect the others.
The senseless killings of all animals
like the great bears will lead to the end of mankind just like
it will to the animals.
Chief Spirit Hawk
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