Dancing Bear was a Sioux of Yakari's tribe who passed away long before the young Sioux was born. However, Dancing Bear had lost his medicine bag before his passing, and thus his soul was trapped in a cave in Bear Peak.
Yakari happened upon Dancing Bear's bag and considered keeping the carved statuette of a dancing bear inside until a vision from Dancing Bear convinced him to do the right thing. After learning more about Dancing Bear from Wise One, Yakari set out to find Dancing Bear and his quest led him to the ave where Dancing Bear was trapped.
Dancing Bear thanked Yakari for returning his bag, freeing his soul to pass on to the Land of Eternal Hunt.
But before disappearing, Dancing Bear asked his friend, Ears of Silk, to pass on an eagle totem he'd carved long ago to Yakari.