Anishinaabe Word of The Day

Bear (makwa)

Bears are carnivoran mammals of the family Ursidae (/ˈɜːrsɪd, d/). They are classified as caniforms, or doglike carnivorans. Although only eight species of bears are extant, they are widespread, appearing in a wide variety of habitats throughout most of the Northern Hemisphere and partially in the Southern Hemisphere. Bears are found on the continents of North AmericaSouth America, and Eurasia. Common characteristics of modern bears include large bodies with stocky legs, long snouts, small rounded ears, shaggy hair, plantigrade paws with five nonretractile claws, and short tails.


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A long time ago on the Menominee Indian Reservation there lived a very old couple. The husband loved hunting and fishing. One winter night he decided to go on a hunting trip. So the next day his wife packed some warm clothes and lots of dried meat and berries for him and he set off on his trip.


Related Words

bear cub

makoons na a bear cub


makwa na a bear


black bear


Ursus americana


female bear

noozhe-makwa na a female bear, a sow (bear)

See also: noozhek na

noozhek na a female bear, a sow (bear)

See also: noozhe-makwa na

male bear

naabe-makwa na a male bear, a boar (bear)

See also: naabek na

naabek na a male bear, a boar (bear)

See also: naabe-makwa na

white bear
waabi-makwa na a white bear