Saturday, October 22, 2011


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Ratz said...

This is appparently in Ojibwe. Though I don't see anything about the bear being naked. Bonus points for extra disturbing imagery though.

murphys-lawyer said...

There the wrinkled old Nokomis
Nursed the little Hiawatha,
Rocked him in his linden cradle,
Bedded soft in moss and rushes,
Safely bound with reindeer sinews;
Stilled his fretful wail by saying,
"Hush! the Naked Bear will hear thee!"

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882

(Which should have been bleeding obvious, but nobody gets taught poetry at schools these days...)

another said...

Of course, the Ojibwe don't have a monopoly on disturbing lullaby imagery.

I remember one from my own youth that featured a baby in a cradle stuck at the top of a tree and being blown about by the wind. Then the bough breaks sending the baby, cradle and all, crashing down to an almost certain death. Comforting.