Thomas Doty – Storyteller

Cascadia Cave


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Here are bear prints above a wavy line, indicating that this is a bear place near the river. In many native mythologies of the West, Great Bear in the Sky (Big Dipper) controls the seasons by dancing counter-clockwise around his fire (North Star). There are many native sites associated with Bear mythology, and this cave along the south fork of the Santiam River is one of them.

Related Pages

  • Dancing Counter-Clockwise – About Bear's dance, and a story of a Cow Creek Woman who teaches her people which way to dance.
  • Following Mister Bear – Doty and Coyote follow Bear into Oregon Caves and discover a magical world of timeless voices and ancient stories.
  • Mythology of Bear – Great Bear in the Sky -- the Big Dipper -- circles the seasons with his dance. Includes drawings as well as photos of the Bear Rock on Lower Table Rock.
  • Which Way to Dance – Native people dance their circle dances different directions for different reasons.