Bear are the great dreamers. Bears demonstrate very gentle and truly loving. However they can be deadly if approached wrong, or at the wrong time of the year.
There are different traditions in North America which teach that the peoples descended from the bear, and hence Bear has a very honoured position spiritually speaking.
Bear has been one of my most constant, gentlest and harshest teachers and is a great friend to have on any shamanic journey.
Bear has an intense sense of smell. Our Ancestors watched which plants the Bear ate. We learnt different remedies by eating the same vegetation bears ate.