Native American Animal symbolism

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Hello all!

Today, I wanted to begin discussing symbols, meaning and omens within the Native culture. Although I am aware that different people from different cultures or beliefs will assign slightly different meanings to animals, birds, insects.

However, there are common native american spiritual beliefs including: Nature can and does wolf howlingcommunicate with us! The wolf, the bear, the coyote, the snake, the woodpecker, the owl, the eagle. They all speak to us, they all have something to say to us. We only need to listen and keep an open mind. Native people believe in native american spiritual symbols and animals are included in them.

The information shared here is not meant to represent all Native people or nations. What I do want to share is a notion that nature gives us signs, omens, and speaks to us. And we do have to learn to understand and speak nature’s language (as no the wolf is not going to start speaking “human”….).

So I thought I would go over certain animals and birds and what their native american animal symbolism is. Please see the subsections from the main menu for Birds and Animals. I will go in alphabetical order for an easier read. Enjoy and listen, nature is talking to you!

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Note that some of the information communicated here comes from a great book Spirits of the Earth, which is posted in the books section of the Resources page.

 

20 thoughts on “Native American Animal symbolism

  1. Keye

    That’s fascinating! I also believe that urban citizens sometimes cannot “see” the signs from the nature and miss so much in life. It’s time for us to get more connected to mother nature and start to notice the wonders of the world! 😀

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  2. Marant

    Allmyrel, as an outdoorsman I have a special appreciation for you content. A good outdoorsman will always pay heed to the words of the american indian when he or she speaks of nature. I find your use of color and photography here uplifting and peaceful. I wish you all the best in your journey.
    Marant

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    1. Emily Post author

      Thank you Marant! I agree a 100%, we have to listen to nature. In the next weeks, I will add more animals and birds and their meaning. Stay tuned!

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  3. Jolie

    I love these images, they create a great feeling of ‘being at one’ with nature. I particularly love wolves, they are magnificent creatures. I used to have a bit of an obsession with them when I was a kid.

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  4. Cj

    This is a truly unique idea for a website. I can honestly say I can walk away from this blog having learned a lot of things i never knew about. Keep up the awesome posts. You earned a bookmark from me ^_^

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  5. Jasmin

    Love this post! I’m also very connected to nature, have a dog and nature has really a unique language to talk to us. Some of us are hearing her voice, some not and that is really very sad. I love your site! 😉

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Jasmin!
      absolutely nature talks to us! all the time, the birds, the animals, the trees. They all have something to say. We only need to listen. Do come back any time 🙂

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  6. Drew

    We definitely associate animals to different aspects and attributes. Like majestic as a lion. I know a lion might not be a native american animal, I’m not sure. Maybe a bear symbolising strength. I like ‘soaring like the eagles’. For example, freedom can’t be fully explained unless you associate it with a bird, then we begin to imagine what it’s like to be free.

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Drew
      I do not believe a lion is part of the symbolism but it is a good example of strength. A bear is usually strength as well as guidance. And the eagle is for sure a connection to the spiritual world. 🙂

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  7. Sasa

    I believe that everything around us is actually the picture of what is going on inside of us. It’s no different with animals. If we “manifest” some animal in our reality that is the type of vibration that we are holding inside of our body. And if we could stop for a second and think what this animal represents we could learn something about ourselves. Everything around as is our textbook, we just don’t know how to use it.

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    1. Emily Post author

      Hi Sasa
      I absolutely agree. We have the animal spirit inside of us. we just need to learn how to get in touch with it. Our relations the animals are there to help and guide us.

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  8. Alexandra

    Hi, what a lovely site. I think we have a lot to learn from animals. They are far from the dumb entities they are treated as today. I have five beautiful horses in my life, leaving as free as I can manage for them. When I am with them, it is to be in the presence of equals (if not superiors!). They have be known to protect me and come to help me when I once got myself into a bit of bother. Yes animals are here for so much more than just to do our bidding.

    Best wishes, Alexandra

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    1. Emily Post author

      Hi Alexandra
      that is so nice! We sometimes forget our connection to all our relations. Including the animals who are truly there to guide us.

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