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"The Woman Who Loved a Bear" is an adaptation of a tale taken from Cheyenne folklore. In it, a beautiful Cheyenne woman is kidnapped by the Crow, a tribe antagonistic to the Cheyenne. Her father is murdered, and the young woman is forced to be both slave and wife to...

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"The Woman Who Loved a Bear" is an adaptation of a tale taken from Cheyenne folklore. In it, a beautiful Cheyenne woman is kidnapped by the Crow, a tribe antagonistic to the Cheyenne. Her father is murdered, and the young woman is forced to be both slave and wife to one of the murderers. Her situation is a grim one of abuse and misery. With the help of a shapeshifter, she draws on her fortitude to make her way to freedom in a tale of magic, romance, and adventure.

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