Long ago, in the land that is now Wisconsin, a mother bear and her two cubs were driven into Lake Michigan by a raging forest fire.
They swam and swam, but soon the cubs tired and lagged far behind.
Mother bear finally reached the opposite shore and climbed to the top of a bluff to watch and wait for her offspring.
But the cubs drowned.
Today "Sleeping Bear," a solitary dune in Michigan overlooking Lake Michigan, marks the spot where mother bear waited.
Her lost cubs are the two Manitou islands.
-Anishinaabek Indian Legend