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    Rare White Bear Holds Key to Tribe’s Survival

    They are ghosts who bring life. The white Kermode bear of British Columbia is known among the Kitasoo/Xai’xais people as the Moksgm’ol, or spirit bear. There are only about 300 tribe members and 100 bears, and each group holds the key to the other’s survival. Their strategy rests on developing ecotourism centered upon “the panda of Canada” while battling an oil pipeline they say threatens the wilderness. Weapons in their battle include images of the Moksgm’ol on activists’ literature and possibly, locals believe, the good fortune the bears’ presence confers.

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