The shaman danced...part man, part bear spirit and sang his song to the booming of the drums, the howling of the cold winter winds.
The shaman enacted his unusual encounter with the black bear. There in the forest he had experienced... a humanlike spirit partly concealed behind the bear's dark hair...in the area of the bear's right eye.
Collected by Edward Nelson 1899, Sabotnisky
Hand Carved In Alaska from Black Cottonwood by Dave Hendren.
Trimmed with reindeer fur.
Approx Size from top of bear head to bottom of carving: 5 1/2" inches