Big 5s

Paul Nicklen

Photographer

“It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with bears. Over my lifetime, I’ve encountered roughly 3000 polar bears, 2000 grizzlies and 1000 black bears in the wild.

Many indigenous cultures consider them to be miraculous and shamanic. The Cheyenne call remedial plants ‘bear root’, the Winnebago’s bear dance is believed to have restorative powers, and the Zuni use bear claws to treat wounds. The Huron, Kootenai and Navajo peoples often invoke bears as healers in their dances, prayers, stories, and songs. For the Dakota, merely dreaming of a bear is prophetic of a medicinal gift.

I’m only the latest in a long line of human beings to appreciate these animals, and whenever I have the opportunity to get up close and discover the wisdom in their eyes, there is never any question why.

I’m forever grateful to the powerful, majestic polar bears I’ve met along my journey for allowing me intimate glimpses into their lives, especially early in my career as a photographer. As a young man with very little means living in Churchill, Manitoba, I would volunteer my guiding services to a local tourism outfit in exchange for the opportunity to spend time with them every day.

Polar bears are a significant part of my past and I’ve dedicated my life to conservation, so that they may still be a part of our future. I hope my photography imparts the same reverence I feel for them to those that come after me.”

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Photo by Paul Nicklen

My Big 5

    Polar Bear
    Spirit Bear
    Brown Bear
    Black Bear
    Kodiak Bear

Paul Nicklen

Photographer

“It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with bears. Over my lifetime, I’ve encountered roughly 3000 polar bears, 2000 grizzlies and 1000 black bears in the wild.

Many indigenous cultures consider them to be miraculous and shamanic. The Cheyenne call remedial plants ‘bear root’, the Winnebago’s bear dance is believed to have restorative powers, and the Zuni use bear claws to treat wounds. The Huron, Kootenai and Navajo peoples often invoke bears as healers in their dances, prayers, stories, and songs. For the Dakota, merely dreaming of a bear is prophetic of a medicinal gift.

I’m only the latest in a long line of human beings to appreciate these animals, and whenever I have the opportunity to get up close and discover the wisdom in their eyes, there is never any question why.

I’m forever grateful to the powerful, majestic polar bears I’ve met along my journey for allowing me intimate glimpses into their lives, especially early in my career as a photographer. As a young man with very little means living in Churchill, Manitoba, I would volunteer my guiding services to a local tourism outfit in exchange for the opportunity to spend time with them every day.

Polar bears are a significant part of my past and I’ve dedicated my life to conservation, so that they may still be a part of our future. I hope my photography imparts the same reverence I feel for them to those that come after me.”

Photo by Paul Nicklen

My Big 5

    Polar Bear
    Spirit Bear
    Brown Bear
    Black Bear
    Kodiak Bear

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