Tales are told revealing their personal relationship with the bears in both the spirit world and in the physical world. The Cherokee not only revered the Black Bear as a spirit guide and personal totem, the black bear was also a resource for clothing, bedding, food, oil or grease, bone tools and jewelry-like adornments. A bear skull with hide could be used as a headdress while other items such as claws or robes of hide could be worn or used in their ceremonial practices, or worn as a sign of achievement by brave warriors or hunters ~ all was revered, permission was asked before kills, connection to the great bear was wept over, celebrated, all was used, all were grateful for the sacrifice made.
There’s a Cherokee legend that tells of one Cherokee clan who called themselves the “Ani Tsa’gu hi”
. Their tale is of an unusual quest for their entire tribal clan. It is told that a young boy of the clan kept disappearing into the forest only to return to the village a little hairier each time. The elders of the tribe ask the boy what was going on with him, why did he keep disappearing from the village, from his family, from his clan. After much thought the youngster told them respectively, that he had been spending time with the bears of the forest sharing their foods and ways, He went on and told the elders that those bears had plenty of food and that the rest of the tribe could join him rather than go hungry but first they would have to fast in order to prepare for this wonderful transformation. The elders did not scold the boy, they did not judge him, the took what he told him under advisement, they took it to council, they took it to the greater circle.
Informing the other tribal clans, this “Ani Tsa’gu hi” clan chose to follow the boy and leave the human world of struggle and hunger behind and live forever with the Black Bears in their abundant forest.
Upon their departure from the known world of Cherokee towns and villages, the “Ani Tsa’gu hi”, went and said “so long” to all the other Cherokee clans of their departure, “We are going where there is much food. Do not fear to kill us, for we will be ever alive. “
It’s not hard to imagine that there are some Cherokee living in the mountains and in the cities around the country today, who think/know descendants of the “Ani Tsa’gu hi” clan that might/are still living in the mountain forest as Black Bears. There are also tales of how humans might be the descendents of Black Bears losing their fur and changing their ways ~ ah there is always HOPE!
So there you go…
A Friday filled with thoughts sparked by Lily the Black Bear and a little one named HOPE ~ Keep the faith all you fans of Lily and HOPE… they are not gone… they are within each of us, and all around that there den… you can believe they won’t stray too far for too long with all the love they have received.
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To Chris, do any vacuuming or re-modeling today? Oh yes, that’s right you are busy today with the docs and PET scan, silly me, I forgot you did all of that yesterday!LOL
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