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.