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NATIVE
AMERICAN LEGENDS
Native American Totems &
Their Meanings




A totem can be
the symbol of a
tribe, clan, family or individual.
Native
American tradition provides that each individual is connected with
nine different animals that will accompany each person through life,
acting as guides. Different animal guides come in and out of our lives
depending on the direction that we are headed and the tasks that need to
be completed along our journey.

Native beliefs further explain that a
totem animal
is one that is with you for life, both in the physical and spiritual
world. Though people may identify with different animal guides
throughout their lifetimes, it is this one totem animal
that acts as the main guardian spirit.


With this one animal a connection is shared, either through interest in
the animal, characteristics, dreams, or other interaction.


This Animal Guide
offers power and wisdom to the individual when they "communicate” with
it, conveying their respect and trust. This does not necessarily
mean that you actually pet or spend time with this animal, more that
you are open to learning its lessons. For some, knowing
what is their totem animal is almost an innate process. It’s as if they’ve
always known, inexplicably drawn to the animal or having a special
feeling for the animal’s energy. For others, they wonder how to tell
what their animal totem is.


Here are some
questions to ask yourself if you’re wondering what your animal totem is:

Have you ever felt
drawn to one animal or another without being able to explain why? This could be animal, including birds and insects.
Does a certain kind
of animal consistently appear in your life? This doesn’t
necessarily have to be a physical appearance, it could be
represented in other ways such as receiving card and letters with
the same animal pictured over and over, unexplainable dreams of a
particular animal, watching television and seeing the same animal
featured time and time again, or, actually having the animal show
up.
When you go to the
zoo, a park, wildlife area, or forest, what are you most interested
in seeing?
Are there any
animals that you find to be extremely frightening or intriguing?
Is there a
particular animal that you see frequently when you’re out in nature?
Have you ever been
bitten or attacked by an animal?
Have you ever had a
recurring dream about a certain animal, or a dream from childhood
that you have never been able to forget?
Are you drawn to
figurines or paintings of a specific animal?
The
totem
itself is a symbol that represents this animal. This could be any
number of items - a crest, a totem
pole, an emblem, a small figurine or anything else that depicts your
animal guide.


Note: Native
American totems did not include all of the animals listed below, as
many of these creatures did not exist in North America; or, in some cases,
not at all. However; the
concept of "totems,

" by whatever name they were called, have been known
throughout the world since the earliest days of Greek Mythology. Though
the unicorn and dragon are generally accepted as centuries old mythical creatures of
Europeans, pictures of
these fabled animals have been found in
Native
American tapestries
and pictographs.


Animal
Characteristics & Meaning






Alligator

Maternal, revenge oriented, quickness,
aggression, and basic survival instincts.



Ant

Group minded, determination, patient,
active, and industrious



Anteater

Lethargy, curiosity, nosiness.



Antelope

Active, agile, jumpiness, and willing to
sacrifice



Armadillo

Safety oriented, grounded, and has
boundaries





Badger

Courage, aggressive, healer, having
problems relating to others, and energy conduit



Bat

Rebirth, longevity, secrecy, initiation,
good listener, and long life



Bear

Industrious, instinctive, healing, power,
sovereignty, guardian of the world, watcher, courage, will power,
self-preservation, introspection, and great strength.



Beaver

Determined, strong-willed, builder,
overseer, and protector





Bee

Organized, industrial, productive, wise,
community, celebration, fertility, defensiveness, obsessive nature,
and enjoys life



Boar/Pig

A very powerful totem - prosperity,
spiritual strength, organized, self-reliant, fearless.



Buffalo

Sacredness, life, great strength,
abundance, gratitude.



Bull

Insight into the past, fertility, rushing
into things without proper preparation.



Butterfly

Metamorphosis, transformation, balnace,
grace, ability to accept change



Camel

Survival, positive, accomplishments



Caribou

Traveler, mobility, preference to be
nomadic, adaptability to adversity





Cat

Guardianship, detachment, sensuality,
mystery, magic, and independence



Cheetah

Swiftness, insight, focus



Cougar

Leadership, loyalty, courage, taking
responsibility, foresight



Cow

Swift, insightful, and focused



Coyote

Trickster, intelligence, stealth, wisdom
and folley, guile and innocence



Cobra

Swift and decisive





Crab

Good luck, protection and success



Crane

Solitude, justice, longevity, independent,
intelligent, and vigilant



Crocodile

Ensuring your emotions are displayed
accurately/appropriately



Crow

Justice, shape shifting, change,
creativity, spiritual strength, energy, community sharing, and balance



Deer

Compassion, peace, intellectual, gentle,
caring, kind, subtlety, gracefulness, femininity, gentleness,
innocence, and seller of adventure



Dog

Noble, faithful, loyal, teaching,
protection, and guidance






Dolphin


Kind, salvation, wisdom, happiness,
playfulness, prudent, capable of deep emotion, and happy.



Dove


Cross-world communication, spirit
messenger, peace, gentleness, love



Dragon


Longevity, richness, prosperity,
infinity, wisdom, power, and fiery



Dragonfly


Flighty and carefree, strong
imagination, higher aspirations.



Duck


Water energy, helper of seers, can
clearly see/deal with emotions



Eagle


Divine spirit, sacrifice, connection
to creator, intelligence, renewal, courage, illumination of
spirit, healing, creation, freedom, and risk-taker



Elephant


Strength, power, affection, loyalty,
royalty, and wisdom



Elk


Strength and agility, pride, majestic,
independence, purification, strength, and nobility



Falcon


New beginnings, adventure, passionate,
and leadership.



Fish


Graceful, slyness, open-minded, quick
to change one's mind.



Flamingo


Heart healing, psychic, people person,
flirtatious.



Fox


Cunning, agility, quick-witted,
diplomacy, wildness, feminine magic of camouflage, shape-shifting
and invisibility



Frog


Water energy, cleansing, rebirth,
sensitivity, medicine, hidden beauty, peace, adaptability, poor
character judgment and power.



Gazelle


Aggressive



Giraffe


Communication, intuition, attaining
the unreachable, seeing the future



Goat


Surefootedness, stubbornness,
independence, diligence, lack of foresight.



Goose


Self-demanding, reliable, prudent,
rigid, vigilance, parenthood, and productive.



Gorilla


Family-oriented, intelligence,
strength, environmental protector, keeps peace through aggression.



Grasshopper


Good luck, abundance, forward,
progressive.



Grouse


Personal power, enlightenment.



Hawk


Messenger, intuition, victory,
healing, nobility, recollection, cleansing, visionary power, and
guardianship.



Heron/Egret


Aggressive, self-determined,
self-reliant, multi-tasking, balanced.



Hippopotamus



Power, creation, imagination, healing.



Horse


Freedom, stamina, mobility, the land,
travel, power, and freedom.



Hummingbird



Messenger, timelessness, healing, and
warrior.



Jaguar


Chaos, shape-shifter, aggressiveness,
power.



Kangaroo


Forward, balance, creative, stamina.



Lion


Family, strength, energy, courage,
guardian and protector.



Lizard


Conservation, vision, self-protection,
hidden defenses.



Llama


Comforting to others, secure.



Lynx


Keeper of secrets, guardian, listener,
and guide.



Mole


Sensitivity, guidance, searching.



Monkey


Ability to change the environment,
health, success.



Moose


Headstrong, longevity, steadfastness,
and wisdom.



Mouse


Scrutiny, order, organizer, and an eye
for details.



Octopus


Intelligence, camouflage, nocturnal.



Opossum


Diversion, strategist, and deceiver.



Ostrich


Grounded, practical.



Otter


Playful, friendly, dynamic, joy,
helpfulness, and sharing



Owl


Deception, clairvoyance, insight,
messenger.



Ox


Sacrifice, chastity and self-denial



Panther


Protection, hidden emotions,
introspection, caution, careful decisions



Parrot


Communication, beauty, guide for
wisdom, mockery, thinking before speaking



Peacock


Immortality, dignity, and
self-confidence



Pelican

Resilient, unselfish,
rising above.



Penguin


Self-discipline, grace,
self-confidence, spiritual



Porcupine


Innocence, companionship, and trust



Prairie Dog


Swiftness, industrious, constructive,
preparedness



Puma


Companion on journeys to other worlds,
grace, silent power



Quail


Group-work, team play, creator of
harmony and group tolerance, protectiveness (especially toward
children)



Rabbit


Fear, timidity, nervousness, humility,
rebirth,



Raccoon


Curiosity and cleanliness



Ram



Stoic, sensitive, persevering,
curious, imaginative.



Rat


Fertility, stealth, scavenging,
intelligence, enjoys luxury



Raven


Introspection, courage,
self-knowledge, magic



Rhinoceros


Wisdom, solitary, insightful, solid.



Roadrunner


Mental agility, speed, opportunistic.



Rooster


Vanity, likes to be showered with
gifts and attention, early riser, settling for nothing less than
the best



Salmon


Proud, intense, confident, wisdom,
inspiration



Scorpion


Transforming, strong, inspiring,
chaotic, passionate



Seagull


Versatility, loud, easy-going nature,
creativity, laziness



Seahorse


Confidence and grace



Seal


Love, longing, dilemma, active
imagination, creativity



Shark


Hunter, survival, and adaptability



Skunk


Reputation, presence, and strength



Snail


Protective, aware, solitary.



Snake


Impulsive, shrewdness, rebirth,
transformation, initiation, and wisdom



Spider


Balance, wisdom, creativity,
communication



Squirrel


Planner and gatherer



Stag


Lord of the forest, masculine power of
regeneration, signs.



Swan


Grace, balance and innocence, soul,
love, beauty, of the self



Tiger


Strength, valor, power, and energy



Toad


inner strength, luck, self-examination



Turkey


Generosity, life-giver, and sharer



Turtle


Nurturer, shy, and protecting



Unicorn


Purity, innocence, dreamer, personal
power, gentle



Weasel


Strength, energy, ingenuity and
stealth



Whale


Wisdom, provider, intelligence, and
kindness.



Wolf


Loyalty, perseverance, success,
intuition, and spirit



Woodpecker



Sensitive, protective, and devotion




Zebra


Agility and individuality







































A
totem pole in 1895.


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edited by
Kathy Weiser/Legends
of America, updated
March,
2013."That is the way", he said. "But there are no stairs", I cried.
"You must throw yourself in", he replied. 'There is no other way. "

-- George MacDonald


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