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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, June 23, 2010 5B B EAR, from page 4B the planet, passed through the mountains of what is now Lassen County, 13 miles northwest of Susanville, there were no other humans on earth. The Creator summoned all the animal people to tell them other human people like him would be coming soon. The snake was the first to attend the big meeting called by the Creator, but the snake was obstinate. "I don't have to listen to the Creator," said the snake. "I'm the toughest creature here." As the snake left the meet- ing, the Creator stepped on his head and from that day on, snakes have flattened heads. The grizzly bear also came to the meeting. He too shared the attitude of the snake. "I don't have to listen to the Creator," said the bear. "I'm the toughest creature here." As the bear, known as ponto to the Maidu, left the meeting, the Creator grabbed him by the tail and pinched it off, and from that day on bears have short, stubby tails. Then the Creator gave the dance to the Maidu people to protect them from both the snake and the bear and to celebrate the life they'd been given. Prior to the dance, the dancers gather wormwood, a long shaggy grass in the sage family. They use the worm- wood to purify themselves. The Bear Dance is held in a huge circular area surround- ed by benches. The dancers form four circles, represent- ing the four points of the compass, with the youngest dancers in the middle and the oldest dancers on the outside. The eldest Native Americans sit around the outside of the dance on long benches. When the dancers have assembled, an honored man who has fasted for at least two days and spiritually cleansed himself dons a bearskin. Another man hoists a flag, which repre- sents the rattlesnake. As the Native Americans sing songs and bang out a rhythm with clackers, 18- to 20-inch elderwood branches split three to four inches from the end, the flagman leads the bear into and through the circles of dancers. The entwined circles of dancers move in opposite directions from each other. At the conclusion of each .song, the dancers shout, "Ho," which is similar to amen. As the snake and the bear pass through the circles of dancers, sympathetic magic is at, work. The dancers are telling both the snake and the bear, "You go your way, and I'll go mine." says A group of us at school have experimented 1 with drugs, and we even did meth. My friend she loves it because it makes her feel so powerful and alive. So now l'm scared that she will be addicted to it 'cos she can't stop using. She's already acting weird, and says she's going to dropout of school and move to Reno. What can I do, I don't want her to hate me. Call the Plumas/Sierra Crisis Line at 1-877-332-2754 for support and referrals. Your friend needs some serious help right away. Crisis Line  Resource 283-4333  Center or A 1-877-332-2754 283-5515 A A program of Plumas Crisis Intervention ,  & Resource Center SUMMIT BUSINESS ADVISORS Mark Smith CExP, CBI CA Lic. 01525569 836-1570 Plumas and Lassen Counties Only Certified & Licensed Business Broker Serving Northern California and Nevada This is a good time to prepare to sell your business The five questions to ask before you trust the sale of your business to a broker: Summit Business 1. Are you a Certified broker? Yes 2. Do you specialize exclusively in helping business owners sell a business? Yes 3. Will you market my business in national and international "business for sale" websites? Yes 4. Do you have more than 30 years helping business owners? Yes 5. Do you offer exit planning services both before and after the sale? Yes Since the bear cannot see where he's going amid the circling dancers, he fre- quently runs into a dancer and dances with him or her. To the Maidu, dancing with the bear signifies especially good luck in the coming year..' As the snake and the bear leave the circles of dancers, they pass the oldest elders sit- ting outside the circle and the elders have an opportunity to brush the bear with their wormwood. In the days when the Maidu lived in the mountains near Susanville, the snake and the bear were their worst enemies. Since berries and acorns made up a large part of the traditional diet, the Maidu were in constant danger of snakebite and in direct competition with the bear for native foods. Lassen County's first residents found an abun- dance of natural foods in the mountains including wild strawberries, elderberries, blueberries, wild potatoes, Indian tea and wild tobacco. After the dance is com- pleted, the dancers follow the bear to the creek, where they pray and wash them- selves with the wormwood and water. After ridding themselves of all the bad feelings from the year before and cleansing themselves for the year to come, they throw the worm- wood into the water and all the bad is washed away. After the Weda, the bearskin is put away and not brought out until the next spring. The rattlesnake flag is dismantled and scattered. The Maidu have used the skin of a California black bear since 1913. Prior to that they used the skin of a grizzly bear, but the grizzly is now extinct in California. This Maidu dancer, left, dis- plays a number of al3alone shells, sometimes caged Indian money, during the Spring Cel- ebration Dance on Saturday, June 12. Two Maidu dancers, above, wear traditional re- galia and play whistles made from eagle bones during the Spring Celebration Dance. The traditional flicker Ieadbands are made from woodpecker ...... feathers. Here's an example of the marked bones and sticks used by the Maidu when they play a hand game. Photos by Sam Williams i , L ,, HEALTHY FOR LIF00 Healthy Smiles Project Accomplishments in 09-10 School Year 545 Children ages 3-12 received dental clinic services in elementary and preschools Dental screenings - 484 Children who received one fluoride varnish treatment - 516; two fluorkle treatments - 376 Children who received dental sealants - 139 Average number sealants rcvd by child - 3 Children who received oral health instruction in the classroom - 744 The Plumas-Sierra Oral Health Coalition thanks all Healthy Smiles volunteers, partners, parents and students. Together we made a 10% reduction in untreated child tooth decay in Plumas County! All the Children and Parents Greg Sawyer, DDS Brent Webb, DDS Hugh Eltgroth, DDS Dale Harris, DDS Stewart Gately, DDS Pooja Patel, DDS , Debbie Gibson, RDH Margaret Johnson, RDH Cindy Warner, RDHAP Linda Rutherford, RDA Lisa Phillips, RDA Debi Bradfield, RN Jody Johnson, RN Tina Venable, RN Stephanie Webb, RN Marsha Revenaugh, NP Carol Burney Jaye Bruce Ellen Vieira Lori Pini Leslie Mohawk Edeltraud Marquette Estelle.Beer Kest Porter Peggy Bateman Sally McGowan Christie Maddalena Gaye Rubke Jennifer McCombs Corla Bertrand Mimi Hall, MPH, Director PCPHA Glenn Harris, PUSD Superintendent All the Schools and Teachers All clerical and fiscal support staff Christine Webb, DDS Troy Van Pelt, DDS Derry Hildebrand, DDS Bruce Lee, DDS Michael Barton, DDS David Reed, DDS Jessica Coelho, RDA Carla Martin, RDA Michele Warren, RDA Nancy Hemsley, RN Tami Hawkins, DA Shellee Potter, CES Parent Michelle and Lisa Alvarez, Parents Angie Miles, DA Marlene Mullen, PAT Parent Educator Dana Cash Binh O'Massey, MA Tomi Potiller Jana McDoweil, LVN Tori Willits Jackie Garfield Bruce Williams Brenda Poteete Linda Margaretic Devon Holzer Andrea Huggins Grace Kemmer Christina Schneider Dorette Quintana English, MA, PCPHA All others who contributed in any way! Major Financial Support was provided by Sierra Health Foundation- BrightSMILES program Other major supporters: Sierra Cascade Family Opportunities, First 5 Plumas - Piumas County Children and Families Commission, Child Health and Disability Prevention Program, Mountain Valley Child Development, Plumas Unified School District, Greenville Rancheria Tribal Health, and Almanor Christian School. Coordination and Administration of the Healthy Smiles project was provided by the Plumas County Public Health Agency Locally Owned Confidential * For Both Buyers & Sellers FREE CONSULTATION I