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Long ago when the tribes roamed free here, word came that a giant black bear had appeared in a village in Illinois; killing people with his long claws, tearing down trees, overturning wigwams. He ate men and women but he especially loved children.


The people were terrified. They sent their best hunters to kill this bear they called Muckwah, but they couldn’t catch him and he shredded the ones who did to bits. He was so huge and powerful, he caught arrows in his claws, snapped spears in half, knocked the strongest warriors over with one smack of his enormous paw. Everyone ran from the village and hid. Nothing this horrible had happened here since the great famine or the days of the flood.


Sogimaw, their most skilled hunter, set out to slay the bear but returned after two weeks saying he’d seen Muckwah and even if he were ten times bigger and stronger than twenty men, he’d still be no match for him. Another report came in: the monster was making his way northward and headed straight for them. The people huddled together; terrified of every sound, thinking it was Muckwah ready to pounce.


Mondapee, the oldest, tallest warrior, laughed and said "Don’t be scared, my children; I’ll go out and kill Muckwah”. He took his heaviest war club and disappeared for six days. The tribe sent a search party and there, not far from the village, they found Mondapee’s war club, his belongings and then-- Mondapee...torn to pieces and devoured by Muckwah!


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