Bearwalker by Joseph Bruchac

By Joseph Bruchac

Neither human nor animal, yet anything in between

Baron has continuously been interested by bears—their mild power and untamed strength. however the Bearwalker legend, handed down via his Mohawk ancestors, tells of a special form of creature—a negative mixture of human and animal that appears like a undergo yet can be a bloodthirsty monster.

The story by no means greater than a frightening tale . . . until eventually a category tenting journey deep within the Adirondacks, while Baron comes face-to-face with an evil being that's all too real.

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We’ve all gathered together to listen to Mr. ” His voice is monotonous but I’m listening close, making sure he has his facts right. “There was a time,” he says, consulting the magazine he holds in his hand, “when Ursus Americanus, the American black bear, was almost gone from this land. Here in the Northeast, two hundred years ago, almost all of the forests where bears lived had been cut and turned into farmland. ” I have to nod my head at that. It’s true. There was a war on bears.

Mom agrees with her. So there’s no one I’d be calling on one. While the electronic toys are being collected, I sneak a wary glance back toward the EAGLE’S NEST sign. There’s no longer anyone leaning against the wall. How could someone vanish that fast? Was he just a figment of my overactive imagination? But even if he wasn’t real, in the conventional sense of things, I am certain that I had a vision of something threatening. We have an hour for journal time. Write down your impressions of your camping experience thus far.

They’ve reduced this moment of awe to an adolescent fantasy of animal slaughter. I hunch into myself. I know that the Turtle is my dad’s clan and not v 34 w my own, but at moments like this I find myself wishing I had a shell. I could just pull my head in and pretend the rest of the world—which can be so mean—doesn’t exist. I’m alone in the seat. Mr. Wilbur stood up and moved back along the aisle when the three moose first came into sight. He’s telling the kids what he knows about moose, how they’ve come back into the state after being absent for so many years.

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