Painting on Balinese prayer paper. The bear is a powerful symbol to many cultures. For Native Americans, this beautiful relative is considered a protector of family, conjuring strength and the continuation of life. I had been feeling the need for direction regarding a few decisions I needed to make and the Bear kept showing itself in my dreams. So I allowed the bear into my day mind and started to paint. The prayer paper came to me a few years back and I had been holding onto it… so prayers and blessings, strength and honor. Mato!