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War between Bear and Beaver

Updated on August 9, 2015

Wha-O-Chee Shares the Fire Circle Stories

War between Bear and Beaver

Is a tradition story shared at the fires by the Mediwiwin whom are the Native Tribes Medicine People.

Stories were always told in go-la (wintertime). That's when the harvesting is done, and it's not yet time to begin planting. Everything is very very quiet, it's usually snowing outside, and except for the hunters, everyone has to stay inside next to the fire ( a-tsi-la ), where it is warm and comfortable. Wintertime is also the best time to tell stories because that's when the snakes are asleep, and they can't hear what we are saying:

Because snakes hold no secrets?

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War between Bear and Beaver

By Best Selling Author Robert William Vincent

Many Winters ago when the moon was still green and the stars lit the night skies a Great Chief of the Nation spoke of the War between Bear and Beaver. His name was Wha-0-Chee ( Bear Standing )

He said:

It began across the white topped mountains and where the desert meets the trees as the grasslands begin to flow. Where streams glisten and the buffalo roam from sea to sea and the ground shakes when they run from time to time.

Black Bear lived along the ridges of the mountains and hunted down below. In spring he would gather berries and at times hunting in the flowing waters of the crystal clear creek for the Salmon that roamed and sometimes seemed to fly through the air. It was in the time when animals could speak and man had just arrived. Black Bear was called Great Claws by all that saw him pass by. And, Great Claws loved eating the Salmon that sometimes flew in the air.

Beaver lived along the grasslands and roamed the where the streams glisten and the flowing waters of the crystal clear creek met the Great River of the Nation which split the lands from East to West and canoes were needed to pass. He was called Chewey by all that saw him pass by.

Now Chewey was a mischievous who could walk on the land and swim through the waters and loved to chew the trees he passed. He eyed the crystal creek as a wonderful place to build his home and watch the green moon light dance upon the Great River in the still of the nights. And, he knew the danger of seeing Great Claws when hunting the crystal clear creek.

I, Wha-O-Chee have walked the Great River and crossed it in my canoe to reach the crystal clear creek and have seen Chewey attending the land and watching out for Great Claws while felling the trees to make his abode. I am witness to the War between Bear and the Beaver and share what I saw to the entire Nation. During the Green Moon I have listened and talked with the animals of the Creator.

It began the day the sun rose in red flame and the winds went still. I was gathering a drink of the crystal clear waters of the creek when Great Claws appeared. Good Day I said and he spoke: Yes! It is a good day for Salmon.

Have you seen the buffalo pass by? Great Claws stood on hind legs and looked deeply at me while saying: I have no want of watching for the buffalo and what you ask is no concern for Salmon is on my mind. But, to please you new man I say they passed by one moon ago. Now leave me to my hunting. Watching this exchange was Chewey from the other side of the crystal clear creek chewing on a white birch tree.

Great Claws began wading within the waters waiting for the Salmon that sometimes did fly. His eyes were upon the waters so he did not see Chewey on the other side of the crystal clear creek felling a birch tree, until suddenly he heard a crack like thunder and the birch tree fell upon his side.

Hey! You hit me with a tree you mischievous beaver and have scared the Salmon away and I was hungry as a Bear.

Chewey replied, Well why were you standing where I plan to build my home Great Claws?

Great Claws growled and with mighty arms lifted the tree and threw it to the shore and then smiled at small Chewey standing there.

Chewey grew angry and said: All of days I have chewed the birch tree to start my home and in one mighty act you have thrown my work away. This is War between you and me now Great Claws.

Great Claws grinned and even smiled: Chewey you are a crazy little fur covered animal that must see I am twenty times your size and you declare War between you and me! Now leave me to my hunting while I watch for the salmon that sometimes even fly.

Wha-O-Chee sat and listened and watched.

Great Claws walked from the crystal clear creek which now was muddy and said: I will be back when the waters clear up again from that disruption of the tree falling upon me. You little fur covered Chewey had better not be here when I return for the Salmon that sometimes fly.

The night was approaching and Wha-O-Chee decided to camp and eat jerky to see what the Green Moon and the new red flame sun would reveal? His human curiosity had arrived.

The green moon beams were aglow upon the crystal clear creek as Chewey began knocking down one birch tree after another and dropping them with precision atop each other until they appeared as a great mountain and the creek came to a slow. Wha-O-Chee heard the commotion but sleep drew him into a deep slumber.

Great Claws awoke as the red flame sun shined upon his eyes. He was very hungry for no Salmon did he have yesterday from the crystal clear creek. He arose and walked down the mountain.

His eyes beheld a new mountain of wood reaching to the stars and he growled a roar heard from sea to sea which woke up Wha-O-Chee.

Into the creek raced Great Claws and with mighty claws and strength only the bear has tore and ripped and threw and broke the birch tress into the air until none were left and the mountain of wood was gone. Wha-O-Chee was witness to this act and saw Great Claws walk back up the mountain for the crystal clear waters were all muddy and no Salmon could be seen unless they would fly: But, Salmon do not even fly in muddy waters any day.

Now Chewey saw what Great Claws had done and his fur did rise. He started to chew limbs and sticks and one by one placed them into place and fell more birch trees in-between and packed with mud all of it into place until a greater wood mountain now held the waters in place. And, Wha-O-Chee watched this as he sat in the green moon light.

Chewey had stilled the waters from flowing and not a drop could pass by his new constructed wood mountain.

Next morning Great Claws even more hungry walked down the mountain and again ripped and tore Chewey's Dam away tree by tree and limb by branch until not a stick remained. And, Wha-O-Chee watched this!

Sun by sun and moon by moon for thirty days and nights Chewey built and then Great Claws ripped apart. And, Wha-O-Chee watched this!

It was a dribble day as rain in small drops covered the lands as Great Claws once more appeared in endless hunger for a Salmon that sometimes flies.

Small furred Chewey was sitting on a tree stump on the other side of the once crystal clear waters that now were not flowing and even smelled as he watched Great Claws arriving once more. He noticed that Great Claws did not appear so strong because of great hunger.

Chewey called out to Great Claws: Have you had enough War? Will you leave my home alone? Go else where?

Great Claws replied: I have always hunted the Salmon which sometimes fly from this once crystal clear creek that now stinks from the day I was born and shall until the day that I die. He started to try ripping and tearing the limbs, branches and trees packed with mud but was unable for his strength as the bear was gone. He looked at Chewey and said: I guess today is a good day to die!

Wha-O-Chee saw and heard this and was witness to the war between the Bear and the Beaver. He had camped the entire time as the green moon shown and the red flame sun arrived.

Wha-O-Chee spoke:

My animal friends this war must end between you two for death is not a choice we make but learning to live as one is the Walk with the Creator.

I have seen the war grow each night and return each morning between you two and it must end.

Great Claws you are weak being without food of the Salmon which sometimes fly and swam in the crystal clear creek. While you Chewey have almost no teeth left for chewing which means you also will surely die. And, you have stopped the crystal clear waters from flowing and now they are still and even stink. The Spirit of the waters shall also now die because of the war between you two creatures whom are stubborn to the end and even unto death.

Great Claws responded: But, I must eat of the Salmon that sometimes fly!

Chewey spoke out: I must make my home in the crystal clear creek that now stinks.

Wha-O-Chee now learned compassion and spoke:

Chewey my animal friend can you not allow some crystal clear waters to flow by your home? Would not that allow the Salmon to swim which sometimes fly to go by and give Great Claws the food he needs to live? And it would stop the stink!

Chewey looked upon this wise Chief of the Nations and we all saw the grin arrive. Yes! I shall modify and build a new way. I shall give it a try!

So from this day forth all beavers make their homes in crystal clear creeks and allow the waters to always keep flowing without stopping them totally and the stink has gone away. Watchers can now see the bears hunting the crystal clear waters at the point the waters flow by and sometimes it can be

Seen them standing right on beavers home and catching the Salmon that fly.

The time of the green moon has passed and the red flame sun still reminds us of the time all animals could talk and new man had arrived.

Wha-O-Chee had learned to speak his mind!

Great Spirit Creator had watched these things take place and sat silent to see what new man would do and how the animals would react with new man.

Because new man had cared for the animals a new gift appeared upon the earth and around the dams of the beavers. The cranberry! It adorned the shores and gave the bears a new food as well as holding the shore s in place as waters arose from the home of the beavers and the waters never stank again. Man had arrived!

A tale told around the Winter Fires

Nine Months Plus One Day
Nine Months Plus One Day
A very humorous story as told by the developing baby from with Creator unto conception and then birth. The baby reveals the answers to age old questions: Like why do pregnant moms crave certain or odd foods? Fully illustrated making it a very useful instructional tool in aiding parents with growing children who ask questions? It will bring joy, tears and laughs to all genders. It explains the "magic wall" and the development within the womb. A babys perspective of leaving the Creator, learning all of life: And then facing death and birth! Based on a true life story! Absolutely PRO-LIFE! This is the must have book of the year

Shared Ponderings by pabear48

Excerpts from the Bear Cave System of Interactive Caves

Creatures of habit describes mankind as well as the wee ones of the earth. Practically, every living thing does create daily habits.

However, humankind has the ability by choice to change theirs.

Usually, it's parent figures which influence changes in children.

Yet, any adult may become a role model. Perhaps, that is why it is so important to always understand that someone, or some small child may copy your habits. Wherefore: May yours be like

a dedicated bee. Simply trying your best work each day long.

Wonderment plus imagination goes along way. Use

your natural imagination to continue exploring and

to see the unseen beauty surrounding your life.

Take notice of that "falling star": Look beyond!

Open your mind so it may continue expanding no

matter what one's age. GO FOR THE GUSTO!

Have you really opened the doorways and peeked outside? To see the interesting world beyond a locked door is a special gift for thee.

Per chance: You might see an eagle on high, or a kitty cat stuck upon a tree: You might even find a new beginning; a new friend or a wonderful surprise: WHEN ONE SIMPLY OPENS THAT DOOR:

and, Takes a peek outside!

TODAY! Yes Today is a good day to unlock that door. To sally forth and explore. Take a chance to see anew. Surely and truly will you be surprised at the wonders you shall see and find.

Should we take a bow? Surely pride stands not in the way.

For Americans solidly understand the FREEDOM TO BOW

We are not so proud to not know how. Nor so bold that we shall not be ashamed to lower our head in prayer and thank

God we are still there. The world understands us little and can not always accept that we do mean well for the entire world..Considering not just for our own well being.

Sadly, at war or not at war: The world is afraid to bow.

Nevertheless, we Americans continue to raise the rights of freedom, free speech, choice and of course: THE RIGHT TO PROUDLY BOW UNDER GOD WHOM HAS FOR SURE BLESSED THIS NATION UNDER GOD.

Have you simply remembered to hug today?

To reach out and great someone special now.

Huggers are a great exchange everyday.

Bear's send you one big soft BEAR'S HUG.



Fire Rings and the Native Americans ( Copy-Protected)

In the start of time upon this world there existed no fire. Cold penetrated to the bones of the animal


And the animal people were often cold on many days. Only the Thunders, who lived in the world beyond the

sky arch, had fire. At last they sent Lightning down to an island.

Lightning put fire into the bottom of a great known hollow sycamore tree.

The animal people knew that the fire was there, because they could see smoke rising from the top of the tree.

But they could not get to it on account of the water. So they held a grand council to decide what to do.

All those that could fly or could swim were very eager to go after the fire. Raven said, "Let me go. I am

large and strong."

At that time Raven was white. He flew high and far across the water and reached the top of the

sycamore tree. While he sat there wondering what to do, the heat scorched all his feathers black. The

frightened Raven flew home without the fire, and his feathers have been black ever since. Then the

council sent Screech Owl. He flew to the island. But while he was looking down into the hollow tree, a

blast of hot air came up and nearly burned out his eyes. He flew home and to this day, Screech Owl's

eyes are red. Then Hooting Owl and Homed Owl were sent to the island together. But the smoke nearly blinded

them, and the ashes carried up by the wind made white rings about their eyes. They had to come

home, and were never able to get rid of the white rings.

Then Little Snake swam across to the island, crawled through the grass to the tree, and entered it

through a small hole at the bottom. But the smoke and the heat were too much for him, too. He

escaped alive, but his body had been scorched black. And it was so twisted that he doubled on his

track as if always trying to escape from a small space.

Big Snake, the climber, offered to go for fire, but he fell into the burning stump and became as black as

Little Snake. He has been the great blacksnake ever since.

At last Water Spider said that she would go. Water Spider has black downy hair and red stripes on her

body. She could ran on top of water and she could dive to the bottom. She would have no trouble in

getting to the island.

"But you are so little, how will you carry enough fire?" the council asked.

"I'll manage all right," answered Water Spider. "I can spin a web." so she spun a thread from her body

and wove it into a little bowl and fastened the little bowl on her back. Then she crossed over to the

island and through the grass. She put one little coal of fire into her bowl and brought it across to the


Every since, we have had fire. And the Water Spider still has her little bowl on her back.

And make the fires anew in the honor with 7 woods of the Creator.

Fire Rings are ceremonial to send sweet essence to Creator from the things of Mother Earth.

It is a gathering of rising of smoke and the sending of thoughts and prayers to the Great Spirit

(oitchi manido ) The fire base is started: As the ceremony begins: A medicine man or woman adds 7

woods unto the fire and special gifts of the Earth like tobacco, sweet grass, acorns, pine cones, sage and

flower pedals, and even seeds. First the offering is held to each of the Winds of the Earth and then

placed into the fire. The Fire Ring is now blessed and the people can send their personal gifts to ( Mide

manido ) Grand Medicine spirit through the fire, and even the evils of the world they no longer desire to

bare as they walk. Healings and the gathering and sharing of the miracle of the smoke also are shared:

The Fire Ring is a cleansing to the family and that is why family groups hold them also on a regular basis

and are started by the families elder who add the 7 woods, and the special gifts to the Great Medicine

Spirit. Greater Fire Rings held by Medicine Men are for all who desire to participate. It is a Ceremony!

Many are also personally invited by the Medicine Man who asks of each one a special secret gift for the

Fire Ring from each one invited that they must bring from Mother Earth to honor all their forefathers, and

to make the Fire Ring personal upon their family so their thoughts and prayers arise in the smoke. Sadly,

many have forgotten the tradition and Spiritual meaning and need of gwav-ah-ko mi-kA-nA>h and the Fire

Ring for their self and their families. But, this also is now changing as Traditions return upon the People.

As the Miracles are renewed and eyes open and ears once more hear the feet of the deer among the

dried leaves. It is changing as One Blood once more holds the truth near.

So says: Wha-O-Chee Medicine Man of the Bear Clan

Hray-Mah! The Earth is Gone?
Hray-Mah! The Earth is Gone?
Authored by Robert William Vincent Sometimes, even as Christians we need to sit back and regroup our concepts and thoughts as we walk upon this Earth. Learning each day more about Our Lord and His Simple Gospel Message. As Christians today we face so many denominations and named churches each sharing the Good News from the pulpits: Yet! We as individuals have forgotten that we individually are called to learn for ourselves with the Comforter who is the Teacher of the Word of God and that God shared through writers inspired by the Spirit to write the scriptures and stories we now accept as inspired as the Bible. Throughout the world the Bible is in every language and many translations, and yet in every single one the Precept and Concept brought forth by the Indwelling Spirit to every writer and contributor, and to all versions upon the Earth: The Holy Word is always intact. No translation can change the Concept and the Precept as it was granted by the Father through the Spirit and revealed by the Son of God, whom is Jesus Christ of Nazareth. This is scriptural truth that the Spirit watches over the Precepts and the Concepts no matter how mankind translates and puts in print the Word. That is why side by side the translations printed into a Bible have and use many variations of printed words. One may say thee and another may print you for the word thee. Remember it is only the Precept and Concept protected by the Spirit. The Hray-Mah books guide you to find, discover and understand how to read and see and hear the Precepts and thee Concepts in your personal Bible Study. Jesus opened the simple pathway to know the Father which no one can close. I am amazed when so many know the Lord's Prayer Jesus gave us all to pray: And yet, so few have ever read or heard of the special prayers Jesus gave ONLY to those following him by personal choice. Nonetheless, these prayers are in the New Testament in every translation and language in the world. And, they are not spoken of from the pulpits? Why? Go read for yourself and then enter your prayer chamber with the Creator and ask what you were simply missing and why? For we were asked to pray them when gathered in His Name. These are the end days spoken of by the Lord, and we as Christians must be prepared and send out the Trumpets Sounding. Behold! Jesus Christ is Coming! Amen and Amen The "WORD" of God first comes from hearing. When one first hears they start pondering within. Trying inside to figure is this real or unreal? The Comforter is a "FREE GIFT" that comes from one Asking the Lord into their life as Savior: For He is the Way...The doorway to the Creator. We understand no other doorway exists for a human to Talk and Know their Creator. Theology is simply the individual studying of the Word and sharing what you have studied in its ground roots form. You can do this! Be a Good Shepard and Steward of the Word. Ask and you shall receive...Seek and you shall find...Knock and the door shall be opened unto you...Amen and Amen

A great home made teriyaki sauce that always comes out perfect and is not time consuming to create.


Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 2 cups finished product


  • 1/4 cup tamari soy sauce (soy sauce)
  • 1 cup water
  • fresh grated ginger (about 1 tbsp or to your taste)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 minced garlic clove


  1. 1 Combine 1 cup water, tamari, brown sugar, garlic and ginger in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  2. 2 Dissolve cornstarch in 1/4 cup of cold water and add to sauce.
  3. 3 Stir constantly to allow the sauce to thicken. (at a lower heat)
  4. 4 If the sauce is too thick add a little water to thin.


This is a recipe handed down in our family and is always on the table for Christmas Dinner.

My Grandmother started this appetising delight and we have enjoyed it now for over 60 years.


I like it served cold with a scoop of vanilla ice cream :)

Cook time: 1 hour 20 min
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 6 to 8


  • Pastry for 9" Single Crust.
  • 1 -cup seedless raisins. chopped or cut
  • 1/4 cup soft butter
  • 2 - cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 4 eggs
  • separated
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 1/2 to 3 tbsp cider vinegar


  1. Start oven 10 min before baking, set to moderately hot (425)
  2. Make pastry. Roll out and line 9-inch pie pan, fitting pastry well into angles. Trim off with scissors 1/2-inch from pan rim; turn overhang under so fold is even with rim, then flute. DO NOT PRICK PASTRY.
  3. Wash raisins, drain and chop or snip each into 2 or 3 pieces with scissors.
  4. Cream butter and sugar thoroughly. Add spices and blend well. Beat in yolks with rotary beater untill smooth and creamy. Add vinegar and again beat until smooth.
  5. Remove beater and wash. Stir in raisins with wooden spoon. Beat egg whites with dash of salt until stiff, then slide onto sugar mixture. CUT AND FOLD in lightly but thoroughly. Turn into pastry-lined pan. Bake 15 min, then reduce heat to slow (300) and bake 20 min longer or until top is nicely browned and center of filling is jelly-like. Remove to cake rack to cool 2 or 3 hrs becore cutting Servings 6

© 2011 Trulee Ann


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