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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, fiery, mythic.

 
Dragonfly

Flighty and carefree, strong imagination, higher aspirations, lightness, joy, transformation.

 
Duck

Water energy, helper of seers, affectionate, community oriented, 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, wisdom, reliability, sense of history, pride.

 
Elk

Strength and agility, pride, majestic, independence, purification, nobility, sensual.

 
Falcon

New beginnings, adventure, passionate, leadership, rising above, guardianship, superiority, prophecy.

 
Fish

Graceful, slyness, open-minded, quick to change one's mind, fertility, good luck, happiness.

 
Flamingo

Heart healing, psychic, people person, flirtatious, colorful, open, power of illusion.

 
Fox

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

Frog

Water, cleansing, rebirth, sensitivity, medicine, hidden beauty, peace, adaptability, metamorphosis.

 
Gazelle

Awareness, speed, grace, eagerness, lightness, overcomes vulnerability, alert.

 
Giraffe

Intelligence, intuition, attaining the unreachable, sees the future, elegance, cleverness, beauty.

 
Goat

Surefootedness, stubbornness, independence, diligence, in the moment, aloofness, virility, sturdiness.

 
Goose

Self-demanding, reliable, prudent, rigid, vigilance, parenthood, productive, teamwork, fellowship.

 
Gorilla

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

 
Grasshopper

Good luck, abundance, forward, progressive, virtuous, forward thinking, creative.

 
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, calm, present, independent.

 
Hippopotamus

Power, creation, imagination, healing, birth, mother-fury, protection of family, emotion depth.

 
Horse

Freedom, stamina, mobility, the land, travel, power, freedom, grace, nobility.

 

 

 

 

 

Totem Poles by Emily Carr, 1912

Totem Poles by Emily Carr, 1912

Image available for photo prints & editorial downloads HERE.

 

 

 

 

Native American Symbols, Totems & Their Meanings Digital Download

 

 
Hummingbird

Messenger, timelessness, healing, warrior, energy, vitality, infinity, affection, playfulness.

 
Jaguar

Chaos, shape-shifter, aggressiveness, power, confidence, manifestation, breath.

 
Kangaroo

Forward, balance, creative, stamina, leaping away from danger, nurturing, generous.

 
Lion

Family, strength, energy, courage, guardian, protector, ferocity, authority.

Lizard

Conservation, vision, self-protection, hidden defenses, shrewdness, variation.

 
Llama

Comforting to others, secure, responsible, strength, adaptation, hard work, curiosity.

 
Lynx

Keeper of secrets, guardian, listener, guide, aware, intuitive, unconventional.

 
Meerkat Community, precise vision, good boundaries, lively, courageous, intuition, heart energy.  
Mole

Sensitivity, guidance, searching, extended senses, underworld, hidden treasure, digger.

 
Mongoose Good boundaries, good defense, courage, cleansing, heart-forward, rebellious, impulsive, authentic.  
Monkey

Ability to change the environment, health, success, light and dark, communication, swiftness, energy.

 
Moose

Headstrong, longevity, steadfastness, wisdom, self-esteem, primal feminine energy, crown chakra.

Mouse

Innocence, scrutiny, order, organizer, eye for details, grounded, super-aware, temerity.

Octopus

Intelligence, camouflage, nocturnal.

 
Opossum

Smart, clever, sensible, grounded, group-minded, proper use of deception, strategic, surprising.

Ostrich

Grounded, practical, avoidant, spiritual truth, understands denial, truth and justice.

 
Otter

Playful, friendly, dynamic, joy, helpfulness, sharing, love of young, sensibility without suspicion.

 
Owl

Wisdom, deception, intuition, insight, messenger, mystery, freedom, secrets, stealth, vision.

 
Ox

Sacrifice, chastity, faith, humble, self-denial, enduring, strong, magical.

 
Panther

Protection, hidden emotions, introspection, caution, careful decisions, multi-dimensional, dark and light.

 
Parrot

Communication, beauty, guide for wisdom, mockery, language, prophecy, verbosity, promise.

 
Peacock

Immortality, dignity, self-confidence, self-esteem, knowledge, refinement, beauty, sexuality, pride.

 
Pelican

Resilient, unselfish, rising above, friendliness, responsible, safety, camaraderie, bounty.

 
Penguin

Self-discipline, order, purpose, community-minded, grace, self-confidence, spiritual.

 
Porcupine

Innocence, companionship, trust, curious, imagination, good-natured, non-interference.

 
Prairie Dog

Swiftness, industrious, constructive, preparedness, common goals, retreat, family, digger.

 
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

Fertility, artistic, in motion, hyper vigilant, joyful, lives by own wits, steps through fear.

 
Raccoon

Curiosity, disguise, explorer, secret, night vision, cleanliness, dexterity, seeker.

Ram

Stoic, sensitive, persevering, curious, imaginative, new beginnings, change, life force.

 
Rat

Fertility, stealth, scavenging, intelligence, enjoys luxury, intelligent, wealth, success, drive.

 
Raven

Magical, introspective, self-realized, courageous, transformational, messenger, psychic, divination.

 
Rhinoceros

Wisdom, solitary, insightful, solid, good judgment, paradox, stamina, freedom, longevity.

 
Roadrunner

Mental agility, speed, opportunistic, multi-tasking, energy, busy, accomplishment.

 
Rooster

Persistence, honesty, strength, flamboyant, upward reaching, eager, cocky, watchful.

 
Salmon

Proud, intense, confident, wisdom, inspiration, can swim upstream, rebirth, determined, spiritual desire.

 
Scorpion

Transforming, strong, inspiring, chaotic, passionate, altered perception, death and rebirth, seduction.

 
Seagull

Versatility, loud, easy-going nature, creativity, laziness, resourceful, opportunistic, freedom.

 
Seahorse

Confidence and grace

 
Seal

Love, longing, dilemma, active imagination, creativity, protection during change, dreamer, good luck.

 
Shark

Prowess, perpetual motion, hunter, survival, warning signs, workaholic, savior, guardian, superiority.

 
Skunk

Reputation, presence, strength, demands respect, sensual, steady, pacifism, taking your time.

Snail

Protective, aware, solitary, tender nature, androgyny, healing, sensitivity, time and cycles.

 
Snake

Impulsive, primal energy, shrewdness, rebirth, transformation, initiation, and wisdom.

 
Spider

Balance, wisdom, creativity, communication, networker, cyclical, crafty, fate, protection.

 
Squirrel

Planner, gatherer, preparedness, awareness, sociable, playful, energy, prudence, resourceful.

Stag

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

 
Swan

Grace, balance and innocence, soul, love, beauty, elegance, transformation, dreams.

 
Tiger

Strength, valor, power, energy, devotion, tactful, royal, illuminated, unpredictable.

 
Toad

Inner strength, luck, self-examination.

 
Turkey

Generosity, life-giver, sharer, abundance, blessings, pride, virility, sacrifice.

Turtle

Nurturer, shy, protecting, patience, strength, innocence, endurance, longevity.

 
Unicorn

Purity, innocence, dreamer, personal power, gentle, spiritual vision, other realms, faith, healing.

 
Weasel

Strength, energy, ingenuity, stealth, wild, ferocious, aggressive, commanding.

 
Whale

Wisdom, provider, intelligence, kindness, deeper awareness, nurturing, navigator, communication.

 
Wolf

Loyalty, perseverance, success, intuition, spirit, appetite for freedom, can be a loner.

Woodpecker

Sensitive, protective, devotion, prophecy, progress, determination, balance, communication.

 
Zebra

Clarity, motion, individuality, balance, illusion, instinct, free, wild, communal, playful, social.

 

 

 

Native American Totem Pole

A totem pole in 1895.

This image available for photographic prints  and downloads HERE!

 

 

Compiled and edited by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, with expanded meanings and additions, Kevin Kaiser March 2016.

 

 

Sources:

 

Hodge, Frederick Webb; Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico; Smithsonian Institution; 1910

Manataka American Indian Council

Mystic Familiar

Shaman Links

 

 

 

Also See:

 

Healing Crystals and Stones

Indian Proverbs & Wisdom

Legends, Myths & Tales of Native Americans

Medicine Bags or Bundles

Native American Symbols, Pictographs & Petroglyphs

 

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