Bear Boy, Hank Lee LaRose, was a Northern Ute. Ute was his first language. He didn’t read or write. He was a Sun Dance chief, a ceremony man, a singer, a great orator, a champion of his people and a gifted artist. He died in 2004 at the age of 50 from complications related to diabetes. He once said “When I die I’m going to be a strong spirit helping my people.”
Bear Boy Sayings is a collection of notes taken during conversations with Hollis Melton that he requested her to write down.
I pray with my eyes, look at things. –Bear Boy
Bear Boy loved us all. As he loved the Naraya, the Sun Dance, and the ways of the Sacred Pipe and all the other traditional things and ways that he loved so dear and held so sacred. He was willing to share so much of these things with us. That is his gift, that is his legacy. If we can hold evn a tiny bit of what he taught us in our hearts… and the way we live our lives day to day, we will be a better people, and the world will be a better place. –Clyde Hall
Bear Boy’s book is available on Amazon.