GIVING VOICE TO BEAR: NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN MYTHS, RITUALS, AND IMAGES OF THE BEAR by David Rockwell. Roberts Reinhart Publishers, P.O. Box 666, Niwot, CO 880-544-0666, (303) 652-2921, (303) 652-3923 FAX. Illustrated, index, bibliography, notes, map. 224 pp., $25.00 cloth, $14.95 paper. 0-911797-97-1 cloth, 1-879373-48-3 paper.
This entertaining and instructive examination of the bear as a symbol to Native Americans has been recently published in a paperback edition. Rockwell investigates bear symbolism in hunts, initiations, healing, shamanism, as guardian spirits, and in dances. He also describes the correlations between European and Native American bear rituals, such as the bear dreams collected by Carl Jung in the 1940s, and the honoring of the bear after a kill.
Missing, though, is the Bear symbolism used in the Cub Scouts.
Altogether, this is a lively and engaging profile of the "One Who Owns the Den." Recommended. Reviewed by Steve Brock
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