Date(s) - 11/06/2015
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Angels Camp Museum
Would you like to introduce your preschooler to the Gold Rush, mining, ranching, pioneer life and California history? Come join us for story time at the Angels Camp Museum!
Two Bear Cubs: A Miwok Legend from California’s Yosemite Valley
Here is a delightful retelling of an authentic Southern Sierra Miwok legend concerning the origin of Yosemite Valley’s El Capitan rock. Mother Grizzly Bear thinks that her two playful cubs are wrestling and having fun along the Merced River in Yosemite Valley while she is checking her fish traps. When she returns to join the cubs are nowhere to be found.
All the animal people of the village search vainly for the missing bears, until Red-tailed Hawk has located them high atop a huge granite rock on the valley’s rim. Hoping to rescue the cubs, each of the animals in turn tries to scale the vertical wall, but each fails. The fate of the young bears rests with tiny Measuring Worm, who is the last to attempt to climb the hulking rock.
In this story about the value of all beings, the nature of courage, and other themes, masterfully retold by Robert D. San Souci and wonderfully illustrated by Daniel San Souci, young readers will discover how the bear cubs are saved, learn the traditional Miwok tale of how a rock grew to become one of Yosemite’s most famous landmarks, and come to realize that being a hero has very little to do with one’s size.
Program will be held in the Museum’s Carriage House