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  A Utah Tale
by Mr. Ed
Saturday, July 16, 2005
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“Every animal knows more than you do.”


 


Ancient Native American Proverb


 


 


Long, long ago


In the majestic mountains of Utah


Two young brothers went out hunting


And this is the tale of what one of them saw


 


They had decided to leave their village extremely early


It was a beautiful warm spring morning in their homeland


They had made a wager on who would be the greatest hunter


And to meet back at camp later in the evening was their plan


 


So one young brother traveled far to the west


While the other one trekked ever farther east


And after he had journeyed a very long distance


He finally came upon a gigantic mountain beast


 


As he silently crouched in the bushes with his bow


Waiting for the right opportunity and the best chance


To his utter amazement and his complete surprise


This great bear stood sang and with a tree began to dance


 


The young hunter watched in silent awe and admiration


When suddenly this great bear stopped and turned his head


“I know that you are watching me, my little human brother,


Come, I will teach you this dance, so you won’t kill me dead.”


 


So the very mystified young Ute hunter timidly left the thick bushes


And very nervously joined this great bear under the gigantic pine tree


Now this kind bear who had just emerged from his long winter hibernation


Patiently taught him how to sing and to dance this ancient Bear Dance with glee


 


That night this young Ute hunter returned to his small village


And taught all of his people this ancient Spring Bear Song and Dance


And even today it’s still a glorious ancient celebration of renewed spring life


Filled with wonderful folklore marvelous tradition and very ancient romance


 


 


©2005, Ed Kostro


 


 


The annual Ute Bear Dance has been held for centuries, and today it still honors the Great Bear, who was created by Sinawaf, The One-Above, to teach the Ute people strength, wisdom, and survival.


 


In the early days, it was held at the first sound of spring thunder in the mountains, and preparations for this annual festival were made all winter long.  Around blazing winter campfires, the story tellers recited this ancient bear tale, and the Bear Dance singers practiced songs for the coming celebration which had come to them in visions and dreams.


 


As the time finally approached for the Bear Dance, the men meticulously prepared the Dance corral, while the women carefully fashioned their costumes made of soft buckskin. And after a long bitter winter, this glorious spring tradition finally began.


 


The men and women would solemnly enter the dance corral wearing feathered plumes that signified their current worries and woes. By the end of the four day dance celebration, these plumes would be hung on a cedar tree at the east entrance of the corral, signifying that these dancers had now joyously left their troubles behind as they had once again begun celebrating life’s annual spring renewal.


 


And during this gala four-day festival, the Ute women are given the opportunity to choose their dancing partners, which often leads to courtship and marriage.


 


The Ute people have resided in the Four Corners Area (Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona) for at least 10,000 years. They speak a Shoshonean language, which is part of the same language family as the Hopi, Bannock, Comanche, Chemehuevi, Goshute, Paiute, and of course, the Shoshones.


 


The state of Utah is named after them, and they taught many other native groups their ancient sacred Bear Dance.


 


And the Great Bear remains the Ute symbol of strength and unity today, still believing that Brother Bear possesses great healing powers, great knowledge, and the ability to communicate directly with the Spirit World.


 


 


 


 

 


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Reviewed by jude forese 7/17/2005
outstanding creative effort! educative as well as inspired entertainment for the hungry soul ...
Reviewed by Mark Mahoney 7/17/2005
Enchantingly vivid and told with such authority, a pleasure to read, thanks Ed...take care of you and yours...Mark
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 7/16/2005
excellent
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 7/16/2005
Love the sound of spring thunder...
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/16/2005
Ed,

You take me into your world dynamically and powerfully. The reader is sure to be entertained and educated at the same time--not a bad deal, if you ask me! Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Richard Christopher Suarez 7/16/2005

Ed this poetic advneturous story is well
beyond just mere talent represented.
You've ed'-ucated me in a great captivating detail
that held my interest and wishing there was more.
wonderous piece',...in my humble opinion'.
peace and creativity',
Rich Criso Suarez
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/16/2005
Thank you for this most wonderful story...amazing what we down here don't know!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 7/16/2005
Thank you for this wonderful teachings of the Bear.
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 7/16/2005
That's all right Ed, keep loving all the animals.
At least they don't talk back to you like
Ed Matlact? Hee, hee. Your stories are always
a joy to read.
A black bear got after my brother & 1st cuzz one time
They were camped out with their case of 7-up they
had ripped off a truck. I guess the bear taught
them a lesson, because they swore off stealing...
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 7/16/2005
Beautiful write, Ed! You have taught some of us of a beautiful tradition we didn't know of.

God bless, Ed!

Sandie.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/16/2005
majestic story/poem, just like the utah landscape! very well done, angel eddie; i applaud your creative talents! bravo!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 7/16/2005
You certainly have a love for the mysterious in Nature, if only the mystery of YOU could be solved...LOL, Ed
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/16/2005
A poetic story teller extrodianire are you little eddie. This one is grand and the info superb. Thank you for sharing! After watching into the west last night,I'm glad to read an uplifting story like this about a noble and gramd people!... tiger lily
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 7/16/2005
Ahhhhh... communing in Robert Redford 'country', eh, Little Eddie? Isn't Utah where Sundance is?

I loved this! The lore, the mysticism, the music... this has been a wonderfully peaceful and lovely read. You are, indeed, a shanachie... an Irish storyteller, always in demand, always keeping people rapt. You do it well. Welcome back! katy xox

Reviewed by Tracey Hardie 7/16/2005
An insite to history....I enjoyed reading this.
Reviewed by George Carroll 7/16/2005
You bring to life the ancient tribal customs with great aplomb and in wonderful poetry. They indeed have a great heritage that they have never lost in this ever changing world of ours that seeks to destroy all beliefs.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 7/16/2005
Hi Ed:

A marvelous write, Ed! There are so much information packed into this one. Your writings are really an eye opener. Thank you for sharing!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)

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