When Grizzlies Walked Upright Analysis

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Analysis of When Grizzlies Walked Upright
When Grizzlies walked upright is a legend from the Modoc tribe retold by Richard Erdoes and Alfonzo Ortiz.
The theme of the Story: Beliefs shape Behaviors.
I believe this story supports the theme by showing that the beliefs the people had shaped the way they lived. Their superstitions overrode their rationalization.

Story summarized.
The main character is also known as the Sky Spirit who was believed to have carved an opening into the sky with a stone forcing all the ice and snow to tumble through the hole forming a great mound that stretched from earth to beyond known today as Mount Shasta.

As Sky Spirit made his journey down the mountain, he turned the snow to water creating rivers as he went.
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On a very windy day, Sky Spirit sent his daughter to the Wind spirit to request a decrease in the wind. She was sent out with a warning not to look upon the horizon which she failed to heed. Hence she was taken away by the winds. After some time she was found by a grizzly bear and brought home to be raised alongside the bear cubs.

As the daughter grew up, she married a grizzly bear and that together they had children which led to her father the sky spirit cursing all the grizzly bears. Legend has it that the curse caused the Grizzlies to walk on four legs instead of two along with losing their ability to speak English.
After casting a curse on the Grizzlies, sky spirit took his daughter, and they disappeared never being heard from again.

Favorite Quote: "get down on your hands and knees you have wronged me, and from this moment all of you will walk on four feet and never talk again" {Erodes,
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The main Characteristic of the story was the superstitious nature of the Modoc;
-Because of the story being passed down from generation to generation, the Natives do not kill Grizzly bears they live in harmony with them.

When Grizzlies walked upright is a legend from the Modoc tribe retold by Richard Erdoes and Alfonzo Ortiz.
The theme of the Story: Beliefs shape Behaviors.
I believe this story supports the theme by showing that the beliefs the people had shaped the way they lived. Their superstitions overrode their rationalization.

Story summarized.
The main character is also known as the Sky Spirit who was believed to have carved an opening into the sky with a stone forcing all the ice and snow to tumble through the hole forming a great mound that stretched from earth to beyond known today as Mount Shasta.

As Sky Spirit made his journey down the mountain, he turned the snow to water creating rivers as he went. AS the story goes, he also created all the animals of the earth using nothing but stick the greatest of his creation was the Grizzly Bear.

Sky spirit took his family along with him into this new world as well. On a very windy day, Sky Spirit sent his daughter to the Wind spirit to request a decrease in the

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