Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Don't Feed The Bears

I've always wondered about the meaning behind those crazy bear sculptures found in various locations in the city. During yesterday's Speech from the Throne, I got my answer. The Kermode Bear - or Spirit Bear - is now British Columbia's official animal:

The Spirit Bear is a magnificent symbol for British Columbia.

It speaks to the majesty, uniqueness, and mystery of our province. It is a powerful presence and a thing of wonder that lives in a magical land of beauty, grace, and unbridled potential.

The B.C. Spirit Bear symbolizes the essence of the spirit of British Columbia. It evokes our unique Aboriginal heritage and First Nations’ special relationship with this land and all who live upon it.

The B.C. Spirit Bear is such a compelling symbol and such an inspiration, that your government will act to make it our official provincial animal.
Some history on the Spirit Bear:

Found only in British Columbia's northern forests, the rare "Spirit Bear" or "Kermode Bear" is widely recognized for its unique white colouring. A First Nation legend states that the Raven, their creator, made these bears white as a reminder of the time when the world was pure and clean and covered with snowdrifts and ice blue glaciers. Raven promised that these bears would live in peace and harmony forever.
Not only that, but they're damn cute too.

Maybe I'm reading too much into the symbolism of this, but that mask looks an awful lot like Alex Auld's, doesn't it?

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 5:25 PM


At February 18, 2006 11:13 AM, Blogger Terry said...

And the hair looks like Jose Theodore?

At February 18, 2006 7:41 PM, Blogger Terry said...

I'll leave it to you to break the news...




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