Students choose which quality/characteristic they identify with and provide in written form  an example of how they would like to apply it to his/her life. (and maybe his school studies?)


Animal symbols act as teachers and guides with characteristics that can be learned from. Each animal represents and symbolizes human traits, personality and values.


The Bear has a great self awareness and is able to deliberate about choices or actions.

The Bear represents strength, family, vitality courage and health.  The bear is a thoughtful creature, independent with little need for fellowship and is self-contained and strong-willed.



The Beaver has a great understanding of nature and working in harmony with its surroundings. He/she is very flexible working towards goals and gaining a sense of achievement. The beaver symbolizes good work ethics and a strong will. Beaver is known as the carpenter of the animal kingdom, and is considered the industrious one.



The Butterfly has the ability to accept change, is also a messenger to people. The butterfly symbolizes metamorphosis, balance and grace. The butterfly is a multicultural symbol of the beauty of nature.



Dragonfly is a symbol of change, transformation and swiftness. The Dragonfly’s scurrying flight across water represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper significance, meaning and aspects of life. The Dragonfly is mobile and active. It is a colorful creature which people use to represent dynamism, motion and change.



The Eagle is the ruler of the sky and has the ability to transform himself. Eagle symbolizes grace and power and has great intellectual abilities. The gift the Eagle shares is the ability of foresight,

The Eagle is a sacred, wise and noble creature representing power and prestige to the First Nations People of the Northwest Coast.



The Hummingbird symbolizes beauty, intelligence, and love and sends messages to the people of things to come. A messenger of joy, this beautiful tiny bird is also called Sah Sen and represents friendship and playfulness.



First Nations people perceived the Owl to be linked with wisdom, foresight and the keeper of sacred knowledge. The strength of the Owl would be invoked during ceremonies when prophesy of secret knowledge or a message of the unknown is involved.



The Raven is a key part of many North West Coast legends and stories. In many stories the Raven teaches us about life and right from wrong. The Raven is often misbehaving but never boring. He symbolizes change in life, creativity, and humor. The Raven is known as a trickster or the catalyst for change, causing many changes to transpire. Raven is quick to take action, extremely curious and at times greedy. The Raven is there to show that every person sees the world in a different way. 



The Native Salmon Symbol symbolizes abundance, perseverance, persistence, determination and dependability. For thousands of years the Salmon have been the primary food source for the Northwest Coast Native Americans. Salmon give themselves up as food for humans in many Northwest Native American myths, and therefore these fish hold a special position of honor and respect.



The Whale is known to help people in need when they are helpless or wounded. The whale symbolizes kindness, intelligence and compassion. Whales mate for life and because of this nature they are known for their strong sense of family values and unity in numbers.



 A symbol of great strength the wolf is considered wise, powerful, and persevering. Known for its strong family ties, the Wolf shows intense loyalty with a balance of independence.