Medicine Grizzly Bear, also known as Bobby Lake-Thom is an author, traditional Native Healer, and spiritual teacher from northwestern California. He is half Karuk, part Seneca, Cherokee, and Caucasian and is documented and recognized on the BIA records. He was taught and trained since childhood by many different medicine men/women, ceremonial leaders, and tribal elders.
He has been educated in both Western and Native American traditions and has taught and lectured extensively aross the United States for more than three decades. He is the author of four books on Native American culture and spirituality, Chilula: People from the Ancient Redwoods (1982), Native Healer (1991), Spirits of the Earth (1997) and Call of the Great Spirit (2001). His articles have appeared in The Indian Historian, The Journal for Ethnic Studies, Quest magazine, Shaman's Drum, and other publications.
His numerous literary works have appeared in The Indian Historian, White Cloud Mental Health, The Shaman's Drum, Teacher's Magazine, Educator’s Digest, The Quest/Theosophical Society Magazine, Akwasasne Notes and Akewekon Literary Journal, Herbs Magazine; Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, and numerous other scholarly journals and magazines.
He was a professor of Native American Studies for over 20 years teaching at Humboldt State University, Gonzaga University, and Eastern Montana College. He has served as a consultant for Indian reservation programs, tribes, organizations, and federal/state agencies for over twenty five years in the areas of Indian health, education, social services, natural resources, religion, BIA 638 Programs and contracts, and related grant writing and development.