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  The Legend of Spirit Bear
by Mr. Ed
Saturday, November 15, 2008
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Remembering A Grand Journey

I Took To The Pacific North Wood,

Where I Learned Of This Old Legend;

Native American Tales Are Very Good

 

Music: Bear Mountain

 

 

 

Once, so long ago

This land was covered

With white ice and much snow

Then, Mother Earth was transformed

And a gigantic rain forest began to grow

Trees soon sprouted, that touched the very sky

And over this new realm, Raven The Creator, did fly

In his wisdom, Raven knew that we must always remember

So, he soon swooped down, and magically changed a bear’s fur

He had decided that every tenth bear would now become, snow white

And he named the white ones Moksgm’ol or Spirit Bear, with great delight

And even today, whenever you visit British Columbia’s magnificent woodland

If you believe - and if you remember - you might witness something truly grand

Here, each and every Spring, as tiny newborn bears eagerly emerge from their dens

Raven still silently sits in the trees counting nine black ones, and cawing joyously at ten

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The aboriginal people of Canada called these magnificent white bears Moksgm’ol, which translates to ‘ghost’ or ‘spirit’ bear. Today, these white bears are also known as Kermode Bears, after Frank Kermode, who was a zoologist and former director of the Royal British Columbia Museum, and the first person to study their origins.

 

The Spirit Bear is not a Polar Bear or an Albino. Albinos have white noses, and they usually have red eyes. These Spirit Bears have brown noses and eyes, and they have been determined to be a distinct subspecies of North America’s black bear, that because of a recessive gene, are born with creamy white fur. Approximately every tenth bear here is born white.

 

After the great glaciers had finally receded, a gigantic Pacific Northwest rain forest soon sprouted, and it once ran all the way from California to Alaska. And this was once the Earth’s longest coastal temperate rain forest.

 

This glorious rain forest was magnificently cloaked in cedar, hemlock, Douglas fir, and spruce. Deer, both grey and black wolves, foxes, elephant seals, bald eagles, and these magnificent Spirit Bears had lived in this rain forest for centuries. And Porpoises, Orca whales, and Pacific salmon had thrived in its surrounding waters for eons.

 

And every Fall, thousands of these salmon filled the rivers and streams here, drawing these Spirit Bears down from the coastal mountains for their pre-hibernation feasts.

 

But very sadly today, the entire southern corridor of this once gigantic rain forest is already gone. And today, the remaining northern corridor, and these magnificent forest creatures, including these ancient Spirit Bears, are severely threatened by modern day business concerns, by never ending urban sprawl, and by the logging industry, without much regard for environmental balance, for ecology, or for their continued survival on this planet.

 

It is estimated that only a few hundred Spirit Bears remain in British Columbia today; and once, there were thousands.

 

 

©2008, Mr. Ed

 

 
        


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Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 11/23/2008
Ed, That is so beautiful!Thank you for sharing your spiritual wisdom!
With love,
Cindy
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 11/17/2008
What a beautiful magical story, Enjoyed!
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 11/17/2008
I love how you always teach through your writing. If only people would stop and take a moment to think.
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 11/16/2008
Beaitiful write my friend, both inspirational and educational
Reviewed by Michael Guy 11/16/2008
A terrific tale about a very real and special animal, set in the design of a sacred tree. I certainly hope they are not hunted, but I know a few years ago "we" the ecologists must've won some ground on this issue because I remember sending letters and receiving news that we had won some protections. The Spirit bear is very reclusive and special. If only more people would appreciate the uniqueness of each species need for special habitat! Thanks for the history again...
Later, michael
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 11/16/2008
Its always fun to read and learn from your vast animal knowledge & this is no exception...Ed
Reviewed by E T Waldron 11/15/2008
I never knew of these bears Ed, so thanks for the beautiful tree poem,and all the great info! I really appreciate your sharing it with us,especially when it is unknown to me.Splendid!

Love,
Tiger Lily
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/15/2008
Moksgm'ol is one of my favorite legends. Such a beautiful creature ... have you read "Touching Spirit Bear" by Ben Mikelson? It's a young adult book learning how anger can affect all of our lives - very powerful, indeed. Well done, thank you for bringing Moksgm'ol back to the Den. I've missed him. :)

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 11/15/2008
Another good write Ed!!! Thanks for a wonderful informative story!!!

Sandie Angel :o)

Reviewed by m j hollingshead 11/15/2008
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by 000 000 11/15/2008
I have heard tales of the spirit bear. They were sacred and never to be killed....even if the native Americans were starving, they would never kill one. Such a beautiful story as all the ones their people tell.
CarolHawks
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 11/15/2008
Your natural history tales are the best. Enjoying your talent while learning something worthwile is always a pleasure.

Walt
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 11/15/2008
What a wonderful legend that you tell. I am in awe of you, Mr. Nature.
Peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 11/15/2008
Great story in your poem Mr. Ed. So sad to see what we the so called humand have done to this earth. I cry for every single animal that dies. Thank you for this poem. I hope it makes people think. Perhaps it's not to late to stop the destruction. We can't reverse it but perhaps we can stop it in our tracks if ALL do their share.
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 11/15/2008
Ed,

Masterfully written . . . wonderful!!


Best regards,

Lance
Reviewed by D Johnson 11/15/2008
Great story Ed, haunting music too!

Peace,
Dan
Reviewed by Beryl McMullen 11/15/2008

Thank you for that Ed I didn't know there was such an animal as the 'Spirit Bear' Wish people would get their act together and stop encroaching on animal territory we have taken so much away from as it is.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 11/15/2008
a wonderful write--such beautiful and majestic creatures
Reviewed by Felix Perry 11/15/2008
An excellant write and even better lesson on these fabulous creatures that sadly as a Canadian I had never heard of before today. I have been to the High Arctic, right to the North Pole and I have seen polar bears in their natural habitat of the north and they were such a magificnet animal I never forgot them...

fee
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 11/15/2008
A most informative write,
and well worth reading Ed....
always a pleasure indeed,
love Holly
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 11/15/2008
In Norway's Svalvard about sixty miles north of Longyear City, around Dance Fjord you can see a few of those magnificent creatures busy chasing around seal's holes in the ice. The spirit lives!

Georg

Reviewed by Bonnie May 11/15/2008
Thank you for this delightful write Ed, they are so beautiful and whether this is true or not, it is so believable that I would like to keep this legend alive. Love and hugs, Bonnie

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