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Douglas (Spirit Bear) Neely
  • 66, Male
  • Toledo, OH
  • United States
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Visitations and their meanings!
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VISITATION!!It was Sunday afternoon and I was sitting out front of a local flea market talking with a dear old friend Kyle and his wife April. When to everyone’s surprise a sparrow, which are usually…Continue

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Please tell us a little bit about yourself
I am a 61 year old Student at The University of Toledo, with a major in Sociology. I am Native American with Shawnee and Cherokee blood!
What brings you to this website?
My love of Native Americans and everything to do with our culture and traditions! And my dear friends Arvel Bird and Kimberly Kelley!
Do you have a special animal totem that has come to you?
My Totem animal is the bear! Especially the Kermode Bear (Known familiarly as the Spirit Bear)from the rain forrest in the Pacific Northwest. They are not Polar bears even though they are white, they are actually a Black Bear but only one in ten are born a creamy white!
What are some of your favorite Animal Totems books and resources?
"Totems, The Transformative Power of Your Personal Animal Totem" by Brad Stieger
How did you find us?
Arvel Bird and Kimberly Kelley recomended the site!

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How I became Spirit Bear!

How I Became Spirit Bear!

All throughout my childhood my older brother Gary and I felt there was something different about ourselves. Something with a greater significance than we could understand as children something that would shape our adult lives, to an unimaginable degree. Growing up in the Midwest in the fifties and sixties was so much different than it is today! Back then we usually made our own toys. Whenever we would play cowboys and Indians with the neighborhood kids we…


Posted on March 19, 2014 at 12:47am — 3 Comments

I wrote this sometime ago I hope you enjoy it!!

Hidden From View!

 They made us many promises but kept only one

They promised that they would take our land, and did

They made us treaties but they never kept one

We signed treaties with them and kept them

We dealt in good faith and we dealt with honor

They dealt in deceit, with no intention of honor

We knew nothing of similar actions, or of such dishonor

We would never dream someone to have so much…


Posted on August 13, 2011 at 9:22pm



It was Sunday afternoon and I was sitting out front of a local flea market talking with a dear old friend Kyle and his wife April. When to everyone’s surprise a sparrow, which are usually very skittish and would rarely let someone get close to them. This one instead weaved its way through the other people standing nearby and flew right over and landed on my left shoulder. It did somewhat startle me at first, however I have a rescue cockatiel at home and he will fly…


Posted on June 25, 2011 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

National Day of Mourning!

July 4th is a day of mourning to many a First Nation citizen! I am asking all that reads this to say a prayer for the true inhabitants of this great land. May all prosper in the days to come, and may all no longer have to live in third world conditions on this land of plenty!

I will be holding a cleansing ceremony at sunrise to try and eradicate the injustices perpetrated by the United States Government against my people in days gone by! May you, your family, and household be blessed with… Continue

Posted on July 3, 2010 at 7:12am

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At 8:46am on November 14, 2010, Janno Kondrashev said…
hey Douglas! Thank you for reporting about those messages and taking care of this website! I haven't seen any, so she must have deleted them already! Good riddens. The things some people do on public websites, sheesh! Anyways, she's gone now. :) Blessings to you!
At 5:23pm on May 24, 2010, Kimberly Morris said…
Thank you for the friend invite :)
At 4:35am on May 24, 2010, Leslie Simpson said…
Nice to find a past Englewoodian here on the site. Nice pictures, haven't gotten though all of them yet, will have to take some time to do that. Just a quick stop here this morning before I go off to work.
At 4:35pm on May 23, 2010, Arvel Bird said…
Douglas the on line chat doesn't begin til 6pm Pacific, 7 Mtn time, 8 Central, and 9 Eastern. Hope you can still make it. Arvel
At 1:07am on May 18, 2010, Terri Benning said…
Hey there Douglas,

I just want to thank you so much for posting your pictures here too. I thoroughly enjoyed perusing them all tonight, and even went through for a second round on just about all of them I think. These albums are all awesome, and you've really got a good 'eye' for composition and take some really outstanding photos. I really appreciate that you've taken the time to add them all here to our new site. Makes our photo gallery SO much more interesting to visit. :-)

Looks like you had a great weekend ... wish I could have been there too. Would have been RIGHT up my alley. :-) Course, I ALWAYS miss the horses when they're not around, but the beauty of nature comes pretty darn close to making up for it. :-)

Have a great week! Best blessings, Terri

At 2:00am on April 22, 2010, Pat in KC said…
Thank you for inviting me to be your friend. I love your photos of the birds! You made quite a connection with them. I shared one of the hawk photos on my FaceBook page.
At 5:31pm on April 21, 2010, Terri Benning said…
Hey there Douglas,

These photos of the Red-Tailed Hawk that you posted are VERY COOL! .... Especially knowing the story behind them! Thanks so much for sharing them with us! really great capture on film too! I'll bet you were stoked after getting those shots! :-) Hawk is one of my major totems, and this one is truly magnificent! :-)

You wrote:

These photos were taken at the 2008 PowWow "They Walked Here Before!" held at Buttonwood Park in Perrysburg, Ohio
At 9:45am on April 20, 2010, Terri Benning said…
Hi there Douglas!

Just stopping by to say HI! and WELCOME to our new online Totem Talk community! This site is still quite young, just one week old, and is in the process of being set up at this time. You are amongst some of the first to arrive, so please feel free to browse around and to check out what we do have up on the site so far. I'm also working on a welcome, orientation and introductory message which will go out sometime later today to all of the new TT members. I hope you will enjoy being part of this community, and look forward to getting to know you better through our online chats, discussions and personal blog entries. Wishing you a marvelous day! :-)
Sincerely, Terri


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