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This is the story of the life an Ute family and in particular the way of their people The story starts off with the father of the family George Black Bull running for his life from the sheriff and Blue Elk one of the old Ute men He had shot a man named Frank No Deer he had killed him for stealing his money three times that he owed to a sawmill in Pagosa where he had worked with many other of his people that he had saved for a long period of time So George his wife Bessie and son decided to live in the mountains where they would live the old way singing songs for different occasions fishing and hunting with arrow instead of guns and making use of the wilderness and all of its resources They built a cabin to live in in a location where George would not be found and put in jail for his crime they caught their meals sewed their clothes and lived life and taught their son the way it had been lived by many generations of their people in the past until one day George was crushed by an avalanche while hunting in a valley Bessie new now that their son had become the man of the family and would be responsible for many of the tasks that needed to be done in order to survive it was also time for him to pick a name he chose the name Bears Brother Every once and a while they went to the village to trade for items that they could not make but after a short period of time Bessie became very ill and died Bears Brother had learned the ways and was now capable of taking care of himself he continued to live life the old way One day he journeyed to town to trade items he told what had happened to
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