Spirit Animal: Grizzlies in the Indian world

Editor’s note:

This story is part of the Lee Enterprises series “Grizzlies and Us.” The project examines the many issues surrounding the uneasy coexistence of grizzly bears and humans in the Lower 48, which have come  into focus in recent years as the federallyprotected animal pushes farther into human-occupied areas. The 10-part series, comprised of more than 20 stories, was produced by outdoor reporters and photojournalists across the Rocky Mountain West.

 

This story contains an excerpt from “The Grizzly in the Driveway: The Return of Bears to a Crowded American West” by Robert Chaney, author and long-time reporter for the Missoulian.

Your browser does not support the audio element. Author and long-time reporter for the Missoulian Robert Chaney, reads an excerpt from his book “The Grizzly in the Driveway: The Return of Bears to a Crowded American West.”

In his greeting to the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, a man named Standing Grizzly Bear demonstrated the multifaceted perspective some cultures have toward animals.

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Standing Grizzly Bear is also known as Joe Durglo, and he is the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal historical

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