Lakota People believed that the Bear had great power and strength. It was understood that the Bear Spirit (who is of the tobtob : good spirits) and his great wisdom was able to protect the people. The Bear Spirit was responsible for giving the people medicine to heal their sick. When the Bear Spirit would visit the people, some tribes would paint their tipis with a large bear wrapped around it, calling it the Hugging Lodge (to give it the name Bear Hugging Lodge was forbidden, for the bear was held in such high esteem its name could not be uttered), this provided the family protection and health. The Bear Spirit in this design provides the wearer with strength, wisdom and good health. The red arrows going through the bears mouth was given to the dreamer, indicating the exact place where the Spirit Bear holds its wakan (sacred) power.
"The Bear Spirit Red Native American Kerchief Bandana was something I wanted to do for a number of friends of mine going through health problems. I never knew much about the old views on the Bear Spirit but found a lot of the elder's knowledge on this interesting. When I realized the connection between the Bear's power and healing, I wanted to design a piece that gave people the courage to fight and survive. I made a Red Bandana, because to the Lakota, red is a sacred color. The bear design around the edge has an arrow through it, indicating the spirit, the energy source itself".............. Melvin War Eagle.