Be extra aware of bears in the fall

Published: Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 02:00 PM.

The Cherokee were comfortable living with black bears. Though the Cherokee believed in one God, they often saw reflections of the Great Spirit in nature and wildlife.

On rare occasions when a black bear was born with white fur it was revered. The black bear was a significant part of the Cherokee ceremonial or religious practices. This may have been because bears stand upright, utter humanlike moans and groans and move their forearms and paws in much the same way as humans.

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