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December 2001 Patuxent Nation
Wow, can you believe it’s December? How is everyone helping out at home to prepare for the upcoming holidays? Are you helping your parents to get ready? Are you doing anything special to decorate your house? This is such a wonderful season for all.
wishing for a winter with lots of snow! Do you know how animals prepare
event will be
at Allen Pond on Sunday, January 13th
Here are a few riddles for the season!!!
December 2001 page 2 Patuxent Nation
Why Do Bears Sleep in the Winter
A long time ago in the days of the Indians there was a tribe, a very poor tribe. They saved all their food for the winter. One night a bear came along and ate all their food. This happened many nights. The people in the tribe were getting sick and tired of this. They went to the wish teller and told him that something was eating their food and they didn't like it! The wish teller discovered that a bear was eating the tribe's food.
The people of the tribe complained about not having any food to eat over the winter, so the wish teller thought and thought about what he should do. He asked the spirits to put a spell on the bear so that the bear would sleep in the winter and not eat their food. He discussed the plan with the tribe. The tribe thought it was brilliant! So one night while the tribe was sleeping the wish teller cast his spell on the bear.
That is the real reason that bears sleep during the winter. Every winter the tribe has plenty of food to eat.
Some Interesting Tidbits!
American Indians invented toboggans. Toboggan comes from the Algonquian word odabaggan. The Indians made their toboggan out of bark or animal skins stretched tightly over wooden frames. They used their toboggans to pull their goods, and also their sick, elderly, or babies; which they would bundle up very warm in deer-skins.
American Indians were also the greatest innovators of the snowshoe
Answers of Animals Winter Habits!
Bears, skunks, chipmunks and even snakes hibernate the winter. In the fall, these animals get ready for winter by eating extra food and storing it as body fat. They use this fat for energy while hibernating.
Geese fly south for the winter.
Snowshoe rabbits grow a new thicker white fur which keeps them warm and helps them to hide in the snow.
Squirrels do not
hibernate, but find shelter in holes in trees or logs. They huddle
close together to stay warm. Squirrels gather extra food in the fall
and store it to eat later.