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Not all stories have historical bases, though. There are a number of native stories about Devil's Tower, for example, mostly involving a giant bear trying to reach children who were hiding atop the formation.

You can see why, but I'm not spending any time trying to find evidence of giant bears in the histories. That, of course, is the problem with relying on legends and myths. They don't always have historical precedents.


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If you get the urge and change your mind just check out Lewis and Clarks journals.

When them white boys first encountered their first Grizzly in the mountains of Montana they just about chit 2 bricks.


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When we were in Yellowstone, a couple of months back, we had the opportunity to see a grizzly charge - toward us, not at us. It was one of the most awesome sights I have personally witnessed. They are both huge and fast. Fortunately, for all involved, it was a bluff charge.


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Maybe the flood and bear legends are akin to the modern day fish stories. They got bigger and bigger with each telling... wink


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Originally Posted By: NW Ponderer
When we were in Yellowstone, a couple of months back, we had the opportunity to see a grizzly charge - toward us, not at us. It was one of the most awesome sights I have personally witnessed. They are both huge and fast. Fortunately, for all involved, it was a bluff charge.


Bears are one of my favorite animals. Have seen quite a few in NJ - I have been working there. They are usually not aggressive unless they feel threatened. Bears and big cats - my best friends smile


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Maybe the flood and bear legends are akin to the modern day fish stories. They got bigger and bigger with each telling... wink
It is not only fish that get bigger with telling... "really, it's 11""


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Humans seek to provide explanations for things they cannot understand. It is a natural process. The less information, the more fantastical the explanations. There was a lot less information available to ancient mankind.


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Originally Posted By: Scoutgal
Maybe the flood and bear legends are akin to the modern day fish stories. They got bigger and bigger with each telling... wink
It is not only fish that get bigger with telling... "really, it's 11""


My point exactly! LOL


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Originally Posted By: NW Ponderer
Humans seek to provide explanations for things they cannot understand. It is a natural process. The less information, the more fantastical the explanations. There was a lot less information available to ancient mankind.


Also true. But I feel that some are true just as they are. I suppose you could say that it is a matter of faith. smile


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