Manataka American Indian Council
We Honor The
Tracks from the ancient past,
Kindred spirit of
the human, honored as elder.
mighty upon the shore.
Heir to giants of the
grandfather of folklore.
Sensitive to nature's cycles, wise,
teacher, guide to the river of meaning.
Guardian of the great medicine lodge, power of
strength, raising head to sniff the air.
Standing high to
challenge, fierce to a threat on lair.
yet timid, gentle and tolerant.
King of wilderness, mysterious,
subject of olden chant.
forager, claws upon the tree.
Dozing in winter, spring emerge,
cubs born, destiny.
Creature of myths,
tales of deep thunder in early spring.
Bears awaken in dens,
symbol of renewal, rebirth,
Honored with much
ritual, dances, feast bear guest.
Reenactment of the hunt, brave
adversaries in contest.
Wearing of claws,
symbol of courage, skills to learn.
Man's respect for the kill,
prayer for bear's return.
Big Medicine, Bear
Spirit, Bear People, Bear Clan.
Master of his domain, celebrated
in tales and by artisan.
Stars amid infinite
meadows of heaven,
Great Bear of
We give honor to
you as relative and spiritual ally.
Wander mountains and tundra,
circle of forest free.
Tread the earth our
cousin, powerful medicine are