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A legend of the Spirit Bear.
Raven, the Creator,
Saw that the world was bitter cold.
Everything was covered in white.
Ice and snow had a firm foothold.
The sun refused to shine its light.
All the bears were hungry.
They couldn't find food any where.
They cried to Raven for relief.
Raven heard their desperate prayer.
There'd be no sorrow, no more grief.
Raven turned the land green.
But to remind them of their past,
Every tenth bear was turned white.
"Moksgm'ol" had arrived at last.
Spirit Bear, a beautiful sight.
(C) Copy written, 1 October, 2004, by Karla Dorman.
There is a legend told by the Tsimshiam peoples of British Columbia (Canada) of the Spirit Bear (Ursa Americanus Kermodie), also known as the Kermode. They are a subspecies of the American Black Bear, and are not polar bears at all. A genetic abnormality gives them their white color; they are not true albinos (white skin or fur, pink eyes).
They typically weigh several ounces at birth; when fully grown adults, they will weigh around 300 pounds. They are gentle creatures, not easily provoked to attack. They will only attack if starving or if someone threatens to injure their young.
Their habitat is the British Columbia forests, primarily from Princess Royal Island to East Hazelton, Terrace, Prince Rupert Island, or approximately 7.2 million hectacres.
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|Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
|Reviewed by Karen Chalfant (Reader)
|Wonderful poem and information on the beautiful bears. Thanks!|
|Reviewed by Susan Barton (Reader)
|Thank you! nice poem and learned a bit :)|
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|Awwwwwww this is outstanding Karla!!
He looks so innocent....right?
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|Marvelous Native American Legend, Karla, and you've penned it quite magnificently. Both ravens and bears play prominent roles in many many wonderful Native American Legends - and this surely is one of them.|
|Reviewed by Dawn Richerson
|wow, this is great Karla! thanks for the wonderful poem and info!|
|Reviewed by Kate Burnside
|I love writes that intermingle natural science with mystery and legend - and this is a pure beauty, Karla. Quite magical, in both content and style. Thank you - ooh, it's just made me feel "Christmassy" for some reason!! LOL Kate xx|
|Reviewed by Kate Clifford
|Thanks I didn't know about them! Love learning new things :-)|
|Reviewed by Ed Matlack
|Cute and cuddly teddy bear, Mr K will love it...Ed|
|Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
|They look so cuddly. But I'll let Ed do that on his next adventure.
Love the poem and the info'. The bear facts..
|Reviewed by Peter Paton
|Oh Karla..This is truly wonderful and inspiring
Fills your heart with gladness and joy...
Love and hugs..
|Reviewed by E T Waldron
|Karla this is outstanding! Thanks for the info, and keep expanding your horizon! Makes for Wonderful poetry.|
|Reviewed by Kay P Devenish
Wow...this is great,I have learnt something new again today,that's twice, (lady A's new poem taught me new word too)Karla,this poem is so interesting,I never knew that about the white bear 'Kermode' before though ,amazing how it is relatively placid in nature compared to Brown bear.I am going to send this poem and its added facts to my eldest girl who loves bears(she is a Sponsor for the poor old Moon bear)she will love your poem too.I am going to make a point of looking up the Kermode now as they seem so fascinating,thanks again for the insight on them...wow again!
|Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen
|How lovely, Karla!! And I learned something I didn't know, thank you!!|
|Reviewed by A PAX
|This is wonderful
love the legands.......and you re-told it so well......
pax A :)
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Most fascinating, informative poem and footnotes! Never knew such an animal (bear) existed; verrrrry interrrrrrrresting! well done; BRAVA on yet another fine effort!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin, karen lynn. :D
|Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero
|Loved your poem. And this information you share is most interesting, Karla. So much we don't know -- much to learn from each other. Thank you.