Miga, Kermode Sea Bear Mascot of the
Olympic Games 2010
What does a cool, snowboarding Seabear mascot have to do with BC’s Great Bear Rainforest ? Miga’s family tree- with Orca whales on one side and BC’s rare Kermode Spirit Bear on the other- links back to the Great Bear Rainforest, the only region in the world where the white sub-species of the black bear is found.
The snowboarding Seabear was inspired by the mythology of the coastal Kitasoo/Xai’xais, whose traditional territory includes the Great Bear Rainforest along the remote central coast of British Columbia.
According to First Nations’ myth, the seabears were orca whales that transformed into Spirit Bears when they arrived on land. First Nations’ Tsimsian Legends also explain that the Spirit Bears were turned white by Raven to remind people of the Ice Age.