Donald Edward Fisher

Donald Edward Fisher, “Three Bears” 86, of East Providence, entered Eternal Rest on Saturday, May 16 at Waterview Villa. Born in Providence, Donald was the son of the late Herbert Edward and Agnes Viola (Butler) Fisher and grandson of William Henry Fisher and Georgianna Elizabeth (Elderkin) from Seekonk, MA.

“Three Bears” will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and all of those who knew and loved him. Donald leaves two daughters, Kathleen L. Light and Anogqs “Star” Waite. In addition, sons Herbert Fisher, Donald E. Fisher Jr. and his adopted son, Danny “Standing Beaver” Davis. During this pandemic, “Standing Beaver” sat with “Three Bears” as he completed his journey on earth. He was also father to the late Nachiko Agnes (Fisher) Taylor and Donald E. Fisher.   Donald is survived by three grandchildren, Dawanna Nachiko “Drum Wave” Akaolisa, Sasha and Brady Waite. Donald was the brother of the late Bedford, Elmer “Wise Owl”, Carlton Fisher, Edna “Evening Star”( Fisher) Rawlings, Bernice “Autumn Fire” (Fisher) Hooks and Carolyn (Fisher) August-Reese, and several nieces and nephews: Leslie “Runningwater” (Rawlings) Costa Fortes, Bernice (Hooks) Gaston, Henry “Gussie” August, Catherine “Morning Star” (Fisher) Hilton, James “Red Hawk” Rawlings, Sandra “Silent One” (Hooks) Turner, Tyrone Elderkin Hooks and Emma “Laughing Woman” Hooks and the late Janice “Bright Light” (Rawlings) Yancy, Edward Kennedy “Badger” Hooks, and Donald Spear Hooks. Donald also leaves his devoted friends Daryl “Black Eagle” Jamieson, Raymond “Two Hawk” Watson and George “Long Wolf” Thomas.

Donald was a member of the Cathedral of St. John’s for many years and served as a Sunday school teacher. Donald attended Hope High School and served in the United States Army as a military Police Officer. His tour of duties included Okinawa, Japan and Frankfurt, Germany. Donald completed his tour of duty at Fort Devens, MA and was honorable discharged August,1963.

Later he was employed by Rayco Auto Seat Covers as a mechanic until he developed health issues and retired early. For several years, Donald was a member of the Rhode Island CB’ers Club. “Three Bears” was an avid guitar player and created Native American jewelry.

“Three Bears” was not only fluent in Japanese, but German and the Algonquin Languages. He studied under the mentorship and friendship of “Slow Turtle,” the Supreme Medicine Man of the Wampanoag Nation. Later became one of the Founders of and taught the Nipmuc dialect at the newly established Algonquin School. “Three Bears” established the Dighton Oak Council and was 1st Chief, language teacher for the Eastern Medicine Singers, and Chief of the Healing Spiritual Clan of Providence Veterans Affairs (VA). “Three Bears” served as Advisor for the Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe of the Pokanoket Nation. For ten years he was the historical advisor for the Big Drum Powwow Committee. He was instrumental in re-establishing the “The First Light” naming Ceremony for the Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe, at their annual powwows, also as a Tribal Elder.

He received acknowledgements by the United States Congress for Life’s American Indian Achievement Award. In addition, House of Representative, Patrick J. Kennedy, recognized Donald’s volunteerism for his work with the RI Foster Grandparents Program. During 2006, the Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe, at their Naming Ceremony presented him with the prestigious honor, “The Pipe of Peace.” 2010, received a citation of appreciation from the Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe. 2012, received a citation of appreciation from the Strength at Home Program from the VA. 2015, The Seaconke Wampanoag Cultural Committee recognized Donald for his outstanding and significant contributions to the sustainability of the cultural heritage. “Three Bears” acknowledgements and recognitions are too numerous to list.

“Three Bears” paramount calling and mission was to preserve, and nurture Native Americans culture, thereby giving us a greater appreciation for our history, respect for Mother Earth the value of embracing our culture for generations to come. We, as his family members are proud of ‘Three Bears” and his works and contributions within the Native American communities. We, recognize Donald for his charismatic personality, engaging smile, and ability to converse with People from all walks a life.

Burial private attended by a small group of his immediate family is scheduled.




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Gil Cardinal Woodside from Seekonk wrote on May 23, 2020 at 6:05 pm:
Taubotne gave me the name I cherish and brought me into the culture. You were my first mentor May the Creator greet you with love and respect. You were part of our family for 6 happy years. A'ho Cardinal
Crow(Wokiya Kangi Wakangli Winyan) from Muddletown wrote on May 23, 2020 at 11:57 am:
Bless you, Three Bears, for your kindness, your welcoming smile, your knowledge, and your loving and generous spirit. Miigwetch for all you have given of yourself, and for all that you are. You shall remain in the hearts of many, in perpetuity. Your time among us on the Earth at last completed, marks the beginning of a beautiful journey of the spirit. May we meet again. I convey my heartfelt condolences to his dear family, beloved friends, and community. Gezalma ta Gweshia li Gia (Love and respect to you.)
Joan Metwyn from Saunderstown wrote on May 23, 2020 at 9:11 am:
As a respected Elder, Mentor, Keeper of Native Traditions, and Language, Three Bears will be greatly missed. His kindness, sense of humor and generosity of Spirit touched me deeply, as it touched the hearts of all who encountered him on the powwow and ceremonial trails. Condolences sent our to his family and his many friends, students and colleagues. May the comfort of knowing that he lives in in our hearts support our grieving and release him on his Journey to rejoin Creator. 🙏🏼🔥🙏🏼
Douglas “Rolling Grass” Lincoln from Warwick wrote on May 22, 2020 at 7:52 pm:
Condolences to the Fisher Family from the Lincoln Family. Rolling Grass was the name that 3 Bears gave me many years ago at a First Light naming ceremony. I will always remember 3 Bear being so approachable , knowledgeable and engaging... Rest In Peace.
David Sukokeeam (Grey Owl) Jennings from Providence wrote on May 22, 2020 at 7:20 pm:
I wish I could have spent more time with this Great Chief and Elder but I am so thankful for having come to know him since I joined the Eastern Medicine Singers 7 years ago. May his journey to his next life and return to the Sky World open the way for me when it is my time. Kuttabotomish Aquene Aho One Love ☝🏾❤️ One Spirit ☝🏾🤲🏾 One Fire 🔥
Frank Farago/Tina Pilcher from East Hampton, CT. wrote on May 22, 2020 at 5:54 pm:
Three Bears will be greatly missed. We have many great memories of him. He will always be a special part of the powwows.
Brenda Silva from East Providence wrote on May 22, 2020 at 4:13 pm:
You Well Be Truly Be Missed
Brenda Silva from East Providence wrote on May 22, 2020 at 4:13 pm:
We Will Truly Be Missed,Prayers For The Family♡♡
Charles snowbear smith jr from North Kingston wrote on May 22, 2020 at 7:41 am:
My grandmother ora m elderkin the sister georgeaie elderkin 3 bear Don Fisher was my cousion and teacher of seaconk wampanoag of pokanoket tribe on behalf of the smith family we wish to say thank u for all he did he will be miss god bless Karen slivermoon smith 1 miss seaconk wampanoag tribe princess and Charles snowbear smith jr and John little bear smith god bless
Claire Autumn Sunrise Newell from Providence wrote on May 22, 2020 at 5:13 am:
Rest easy my friend. You always brought joy to everyone around you. I remember going to the Algonquin school as child and you captivated us with Native History and stories. Our paths met again later in life and I'm so happy about that, you always showed kindness to all, kids loved you, I loved you! May your spiritual journey bring you peace and joy, Aquene
Cheryl Morrison Brewton (Greenleaf) from Rumford wrote on May 22, 2020 at 1:33 am:
Mohtompan Wunne -My heartfelt prayers go out to family, everyone Native American and all those that were blessed as my family is to have had the privilege to meet 3 Bears at his home in Johnson RI before he had to go into nursing care. As my sister Elsie mentioned, he taught us the Native Language of which I share with my children and grandchildren as recent as yesterday. He was a very joyful funny soul. He schooled us on a lot of His Native American history and how important you could see it was for him to share with us and pass it on. My youngest daughter and I use to visit him At Waterview Nursing Home and was hoping to be able to schedule the language classes there on a regular basis with residents there, but didn’t take place. While we visited, we learned a little more during our time. Greatly greatly, he is already missed. I believe my family will treasure a special inspirational bond eternally. -Anwohsinook (rest) our friend,Kuttabotomish (I thank you ), Aqunee (peace). With love, Greenleaf.
Lori Brennan-Almeida from Riverside wrote on May 21, 2020 at 10:29 pm:
Three Bears was a great human being. Always a gentle spirit, truly a gentleman, protector of women.
Lori Brennan-Almeida from Riverside wrote on May 21, 2020 at 10:29 pm:
Three Bears was a great human being. Always a gentle spirit, truly a gentleman, protector of women.
Chief George Spring Buffalo from Watuppa Reservation wrote on May 21, 2020 at 10:15 pm:
Chief Three Bears was the kind of person that would always tell you something good about yourself as he was teaching and telling you about your ancestors and your culture. I will remember your teachings and carry them out as you asked me too do many times. As I look to the creator I will always see you sitting beside the creator.✊🏽💕 With great respect. Chief Sequan Pijakì / aka Chief George Spring Buffalo Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe of the Pokanoket Nation/ Watuppa Reservation
Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson from Woonsocket wrote on May 21, 2020 at 3:51 pm:
One of the finest elders to live on this earth. I loved him like a father. I will miss his company forever RIP
Michael Maxkwkaxk Caldwell from East Providence ,RI wrote on May 21, 2020 at 3:09 pm:
Dear friend , who will be sorely missed but not forgotten . I know you are at peace. Much love
Elsie Sunflower Morrison from Providence wrote on May 21, 2020 at 2:49 pm:
Although my friendship with Three Bears was brief he was the kindest gentlest man I have ever had the pleasure of meeting he will be missed. My sister, niece, great nephew and I spent time withThree Bears learning the language that was our intent but he taught us much more about our people our culture and about ourselves. I only hope that someone will pick up where he left off teaching and Being an example for others to follow My condolences to all his family and friends
Kayla Dejesus from Warwick wrote on May 21, 2020 at 2:47 pm:
He taught me many stories over the years and was the first to see that I continued to fancy shawl at powwows. I will miss you cousin (through marriage). You have already started your journey to the creator. Black Wolf.
John Moniz from Portsmouth wrote on May 21, 2020 at 1:06 pm:
3 Bears was a kind and wise elder. I was an honor to speak with him about our culture, he had great knowledge of the north eastern tribes and traditions He gave me guidance in my own journey and for the I will always be grateful
Maria Shining Dragonfly Wollen from Cumberland wrote on May 21, 2020 at 12:53 pm:
3 Bears was a wise traditional chief and was Loved by my Family, Tobacco down smoke raising for Prayers. AQUENE Shining Dragonfly Rides Wind Gentle Bear Screeching Owl