Re: [ancient_waterways_society] Re: Ursa Major, Lake Superior, and the coppertail bear!
I appreciate the insight and excellent information that you shared. Also, your website is excellent! I had not heard of the Coppertail bear legend- but its truly amazing to hear of a connection with the copper country to the myths and legends of the Ojibwa. I appreciate your work on the copper culture and it would be great to see your book when you finish.
Lee Pennington is the movie producer that films historical documentaries.
his website is located here: I have only seen the Moundbuilder and Easter Island Movies, and I thought they were both outstanding!
I heard that Lee was treated shortly after the tick was noticed and he is recovering.
I put together a website about the Cahokia Mounds - a place that I think was an important trade center during the copper culture - due to the large amounts of copper found there recently in Mound 34. it is located here: http://www.freewebs.com/historyofmonksmound
--- On Thu, 6/26/08, herbswoods <herbswoods@...> wrote:
From: herbswoods <herbswoods@...>
Subject: [ancient_waterways_society] Re: Ursa Major, Lake Superior, and the coppertail bear!
Date: Thursday, June 26, 2008, 12:17 PM
Interesting stuff and I can add a little to it....
I know that in the 1830s a missionary visiting Lake Superior recorded
a meeting with an Ojibwe chief, who explained the coppertail bear
legend and how he lost his long tail, and that there was power in
possessing a piece of the bear's lost tail. Then he grew secretive and
only would admit to having a small piece of this powerful spirit,
although he would not show it to the Euro.
The missionary went away laughing at the native Indian beliefs and how
absurd it was for the Ojibwe man to think he could actually have a
piece of the spirit being's tail. But really it was the missionary who
was deluding himself. Because it seems obvious to me that the Ojibwe
chief actually DID have a piece of the coppertail bear's tail in the
form of a piece of Lake Superior native copper. And if you had that,
you possessed great spirit power.
I have collected a great deal of such material over the years and love
it. I hope to write a book on the subject if I live long enough and
can ever get past the motorcycle stuff.
Hopefully, Lee Pennington gets over the Lyme infection okay. I have
had it twice and you get very sick if it's not caught right away.
Where have I heard that name before???
Herb from Wis.
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