Black Bear

North American - A Slavey American Indian sky spirit. When the animals sent a representative of each species to ask why the world was dark and full of snow, Black Bear told them that bags hanging from his lodge contained the cold, the rain and the wind but would not say what the fourth bag held. When Black Bear went out, the animals threw the fourth bag back to earth where it split open and out came the sun, the moon and the stars. The sun lit up the world and its heat soon melted the snow, so the animals returned to earth. En route, many suffered accidents that left them permanently in the form in which we now find them - the bison with the hump, the moose with a flat nose and so on. At times, known as Black Bear.
North American - A guardian spirit of the Osage. In some references, called Black Bear.

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