Other: History/Philosophy - Relationship Human/Non-Human
Black Bear
By leona chen (04/29/09 21:40:13)
Related animal: Bear

(This is on the powerpoint that I will present in class)
The black bear
Vocalizations & Body Language

• Black bears use sounds, body language, and scent-marking to express their emotions of the moment.
• Amiable sounds are grunts and tongue clicks used by mothers concerned for their cubs and by bears approaching other bears to mate or play. Cubs make a motor-like pulsing hum when they nurse or are especially comfortable.
• Black Bear sounds
Human/Bear Communication
Bears convey information through a diverse range of body language, vocalizations and odor signals. People often interpret what a bear does in terms of their own fear. To truly understand bear behavior, you must interpret bear postures and vocalizations in terms of what the bear fears.

Bears communicate by seeing, touching, vocalizing and smelling. Bears speak a language of dominance or submission; and of aggression or solicitation. They react to people in the same way they would react to another bear.

They communicate with grunts, by expelling air in different ways, or with a resonant "voice". Bears use the same vocalizations and body language toward people that they do toward each other, and knowing those sounds can help people react appropriately to bears they encounter.

A bear's body posture can communicate its mood
• Walking, running, sitting and lying down are actions conveying the bear is subordinate to another bear or person. The bear is saying it does not want to fight for dominance.

• He may look away, yawning with feigning disinterest. He may exhibit "ignoring" behavior - standing motionless or perhaps grazing, indicating he has no intentions and just wants to be left alone.

• A bear may lunge suddenly toward a threat, and slap at the ground or surrounding vegetation. The interpretation of this behavior is merely a bluff that means the bear feels nervous and apprehensive, but for some reason is reluctant to leave.

• When a black bear climbs a tree, it is showing its submission.

• A bear may sit down or move away to show respect.

One idea for helping the process of collaboration is the method of Power animals. I feel that Power Animals can help us engage at a spiritual level instead of a physical level with the animals. This idea was cited in the animal communicator: Barbara's packet that she passed out to us. The book was "Animal Speak". I found discovered this not by Barbara but through looking on the web for Black Bear folklore's. It is a very interesting approach in the selection process of what animal to collaborate with.

Power Animals
• Shamans believe that everyone has power animals - animal spirits which reside with each individual adding to their power and protecting them from illness, acting similarly to a guardian angel.
• In the shamanic belief every thing is alive and carries with it power and wisdom.

• Power animal, is a broadly animistic and shamanic concept that has entered the English language from Anthropology, Ethnography and Sociology.
• The spirit also lends you the wisdom of its kind. A bear spirit will give you bear wisdom, and lend you some of the attributes of bear.

How to Find Your Power Animal
Step 1
• Find your power animal pro-actively by asking the animal spirits for a dream. Then rest and let the power animal find you. Don’t dismiss smaller animals such as mice or even insects. Animals have their own unique strengths. You may want to keep a journal beside your bed and make note of recurring dreams in which an animal or some form of an animal appears again.
Step 2
• Notice the things in nature that you are continually drawn to. Power animals may guide your senses and attention to certain elements, natural sites or geographical phenomena that are reminiscent of or peculiar to a certain animal. If you are repeatedly captivated by nests, burrows or snow, for example, let the animal world communicate itself to you.
Step 3
• Take time during the day to relax, close your eyes and breathe. Power animals frequently make themselves known to us when we are conscious as well as when we are asleep. Be receptive to visions through meditation. In your calm state, imagine a situation where you move out of your personal space such as your home and enter into an unknown but nonthreatening and quiet natural space such as a field or a cave.

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