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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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
David & Barbara Kurfis from Athol Mass wrote on May 21, 2020 at 12:43 pm:
From Clan Grandmother of the Pokanoket Tribe Thank You Miss you we Love you R.I.P. <3
Maria Jenkins from Atlanta wrote on May 21, 2020 at 12:26 pm:
May his soul rest in eternal peace granddaughter of Veranus Lewis former Chief of the Nipmuc Time
Jill Cresey-Gross from Westford wrote on May 21, 2020 at 12:14 pm:
Sincerest condolences for his family and community, Prayers for his journey and gentle days for his family.
Lone Wolf "George Thomas ", Pequot Nation from North Providence, Rhode Island wrote on May 21, 2020 at 11:51 am:
My Friend, My Chief will now be at rest. Chief Three Bears was a Great Warrior and a Traditional Native, his council,wisdom, knowledge, guidance and friendship will be missed. Many of his ways reminded me of my Grandfather whom I loved and respected. I will miss my conversations with him and our midnight into the morning talks. My friend as many of our Elders do had so much to share and so much to teach our children. The words that have been shared are many but cannot completely speak of his many accomplishments, deeds, lessons and the love he had and gave to our culture. Three Bears was the keeper of the language of his people and fought for Native American rights before it became popular., it was because of him and those few others that we have the many Native American organizations that we have today: The Council Oak of Dighton, Massachusetts, The Boston Indian Council (N.A.I.C.O.B) and many others. Sleep well my friend, my warrior, my chief, my brother Veteran. As General Douglas MacArthur finally said at West Point "Old Soldiers Never Die they Simply Fade Away ". A-Ho
Willow Greene from Templeton wrote on May 21, 2020 at 10:34 am:
Deepest sympathies for his family,friends and community. Smoke and prayers sent for his journey. The world is a much lesser place without him.