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In the distance of my years I cover myself with time
by Nancy Wood

I am a Bear.
In my solitude I resemble the wind.
I blow the clouds together
So they form images of my friends.

SOURCE: Excerpt from the poem “In the distance of my years I cover myself with time” by Nancy Wood.

SOURCE: This poem appears in Many Winters: Prose and Poetry of the Pueblos by Nancy Wood, available at Amazon.com (c) 1974 by Nancy Wood. For more visit nancywood.com.

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I AM BEAR
Pueblo Indian Poem

I am a Bear.
In my solitude I resemble the wind.
I blow the clouds together
So they form images of my friends.

…from Many Winters: Prose and Poetry of the Pueblos, edited by Nancy Wood, available at Amazon.com

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SKY BEAR
Mohawk Indian Legend

Long ago,
three hunters and their little dog
found the tracks of a giant bear.
They followed those tracks
all through the day
and even though it was almost dark
they did not stop, but continued on.
They saw that bear now, climbing up
a hill, which glittered with new-fallen snow.
They ran hard to catch it,
but the bear was too fast.
They ran and they ran, climbing
up and up until one of the hunters said,
“Brothers, look down.”
They did and saw they
were high above Earth.
That bear was Sky Bear,
running on through the stars.
Look up now
and you will see her,
circling the sky.

…from THE EARTH UNDER SKY BEAR’S FEET: Native American Poems of the Land, a storybook for children 4-8 by Joseph Bruchac, with illustrations by Thomas Locker (Puffin, 1998), available atAmazon.com.

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SKY BEAR
Mohawk Indian Legend

Long ago,
three hunters and their little dog
found the tracks of a giant bear.
They followed those tracks
all through the day
and even though it was almost dark
they did not stop, but continued on.
They saw that bear now, climbing up
a hill, which glittered with new-fallen snow.
They ran hard to catch it,
but the bear was too fast.
They ran and they ran, climbing
up and up until one of the hunters said,
“Brothers, look down.”
They did and saw they
were high above Earth.
That bear was Sky Bear,
running on through the stars.
Look up now
and you will see her,
circling the sky.

…from THE EARTH UNDER SKY BEAR’S FEET: Native American Poems of the Land, a storybook for children 4-8 by Joseph Bruchac, with illustrations by Thomas Locker (Puffin, 1998), available at Amazon.com.

Image
I AM BEAR
Pueblo Indian Poem

I am a Bear.
In my solitude I resemble the wind.
I blow the clouds together
So they form images of my friends.

…from Many Winters: Prose and Poetry of the Pueblos, Edited by Nancy Wood, available at Amazon.com