Bearskin Woman

North American - An Algonquian maiden. Sister of Okinai and Sinopa. She married a bear and when he was killed she temporarily took the form of a bear and killed her parents and relatives. Only her sister Sinopa and her brothers escaped. When the brothers returned from hunting, Bearskin Woman tried to kill them all, but one of them, Okinai, saved them all by shooting arrows into the air, each one carrying one of the orphans into the heavens where they became stars in the Great Bear constellation. Occasionally identified as Bearskin Woman, Dzarilaw, Dzarilaw, Rhipisunt, Rhipisunt or Rhpisunt.

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