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


BEAR

The Bear has  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.

 

HUMMINGBIRD

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.

 

OWL

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.

 

RAVEN

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.

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SALMON

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.

 

WHALE

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.

 ANIMAL SYMBOLISM

Grades 3-6