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By Jimmy WhiteBear
Spent Sunday in tribal ceremony.
We celebrated the Bear going into hibernation. When some
hear of the "Bear Feast" they automatically think
that we are having Bear for our meal. Not so!,
We don't eat family!... The Bear feast is a celebration of the
bear going into hibernation and the
people feast on nuts and berries as the Bear would and has this
past season. Bear is fasting and in
dreamtime for the next few months. In march we will Feast again
and awaken him from his long
winters sleep. We leave him a "Spirit plate" of nuts
and berries and if we have a potluck, we will
leave some of this for him also. A "Spirit Plate"
is when we make up a plate of food and bring it
into the forest and leave it there for bear. The Bear in the
mundane may not get it and we know
this, but one of the fourleggeds will take it to the SpiritBear...
Sleep well Bear!...
Thank you for sharing this Jimmy. I really enjoy, and feel honored,
when you share so freely of
your Path. I learn much from it. Sleep well Bear!
A beautiful honoring ceremony, Bear, thank you so much for sharing
it. With your permission,
I'd like to post this thread in the library. May I?
Jimmy, Thank you for sharing this part of the ceremony.
This is beautiful !!! Thank you for sharing a part of your tradition.
Thank you Cinn and everyone. Yes Cinn you can do that if you
like. Elders have warned against
sharing the entire ceremony and against practicing a Sacred
ceremony unless we have gone
through the traditional 7 day fast. Thanks again
Ahhh...Sleep well Bear! Thank you for sharing, Jimmy!
Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, Jimmy Sweet Dreams, Dear Bear. Dream us wonderful
visions of the Spring-to-Come.
And please touch our dreams too.
Aho! Mitakuye Oyas'in
Thanks (((Jimmy))) We are all honored by the gift of your sharing.
You are truly a man who
walks his talk. I am grateful our paths crossed.
Aho! Thanks for thinking of us during this special time.
Thank you Bear, it's fine that the ceremony is not presented
in full here. Best IMHO. But I think
the concept of it is important and will help people understand
the purpose behind it. Much
appreciated my Brother!
Jimmy thank you for sharing this wonderful and rich part of
your path. I am honored and
touched by it and the wisdom that you share.
Thank you everyone, I like to share what I can but without permission
from the Elders it is very
minimal. The first time I seen an Eagle dance performed I was
in awe. There is a troop out here
in New Hampshire that perform the Eagle Dance as exhibitions
for people to learn more about
native culture. One day, I hope to be able to revive the Bear
dance. I can see the Bear dance in
my mind, I could probably describe it to you, but this Bear
has two left feet! LOL! Seriously, I
just can't send the message to the feet. I think I need to see
the Bear dance in action before I can
dance it. Still waiting for the spirits to show me this. Again,
Bear thank you for honoring your values and respecting the Elders!
Aww, Jimmy, just let your heart honor Spirit and Bear and your
feet will follow their lead!
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