Sleeping Bear Earrings

Sleeping Bear Earrings

As a #MichiganMaker, SRCRWorldwide is excited to offer a piece that pays homage to one of our greatest stories. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore gets its name from one dune in particular—the Mother Bear. Perched along the edge of the large dune that towers about Lake Michigan, this dune, at one time, resembled a sleeping bear. The Ashininaabek used the Mother Bear as a landmark and tell a story about how she came to be there. The story goes,

 

"Long ago, along the Wisconsin shoreline, a mother bear and her two cubs were driven into Lake Michigan by a raging forest fire. The bears swam for many hours, but soon the cubs tired. After a while, the cubs began to get very tired, and so the bear said, “Try hard, the land is not very far.” And very soon they did come in sight of land. Mother bear reached the shore first and climbed to the top of a high bluff to watch and wait for her cubs. But gradually the cubs got weaker, and only ten miles away, one cub sank into the water. Soon after, the other also drowned. The bear’s heart was broken, but she could do nothing. She waded ashore and lay down, looking out on the water where her cubs had died. Eventually, both of them came to the surface as two little islands, and so the bear still lies there atop the dunes, looking after her children."

 

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