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Polar bears are greatly revered by Native Alaskans. They have folklore telling how the polar bear taught them to hunt. For some the bear is a form of the Great Spirit, Tuurngasuk. Some tribes have a ritual of "thanksgiving" to the hunted polar bear. Many people of north-central Siberia believe the canine teeth of polar bears have talismanic power, and if they sow a polar bear's teeth on their hats the brown bear will not dare attack them.
I found a wonderful clip about polar bears. I think I'd be worried if a polar bear where hugging my dog, but they appear to be having a good time.