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THE MEANING OF THE TOTEM FIGURES & SYMBOLS

First Nations traditions are rich in symbolism and wisdom. Teachings, traditions, stories and songs are handed down through each generation. Each symbol represents spiritual values as well as human traits. A totem pole tells a story - your personal totem tells the world who you are and what you believe. 

 

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EAGLE

Majestic Eagle is strength and vision. Eagle symbolizes power and prestige. It protects the spirit and the body, representing health and wholeness of being. It signifies the person who rises above the petty details of daily life to take in the big picture.

 
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BEAR

Bear is strength and health. Always found at the base of totem poles, Bear represents the fulfillment of bodily needs and the flesh that is the house of the spirit. It signifies vitality and courage. Bear is always respected and treated as a high-ranking guest.

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BEAVER

Beaver is community and sharing. It represents the acceptance that all may contribute to building the common good. It signifies good neighbours and strong families.

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FROG

Frog signifies modesty and virtue. It represents success coupled with humility. Frog tells us to appreciate the bounty of both the world and the spirit, but counsels the receiver of the Creator's gifts not to swell with pride because then all the treasures disappear. It is a powerful spirit that brings good fortune.

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RAVEN

Raven is wisdom and understanding. It represents the complexity of nature and the subtlety of truth. It reminds us that each of us sees a slightly different world and that the wise know that things are not always as they seem. Raven rescued Sun and placed it in the sky so that the world would have light. Raven also gave mankind Moon, the stars and made Salmon available.

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MOON

Moon watches over us as the protector and guardian of Earth. Moon has the ability to change our moods.

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SALMON

Salmon is the life source, the provider of food for all animals and humans. Treated with high regard, Salmon is symbol of immortality and wealth. The great abundance of wild Salmon allowed the culture of the Northwest Coast to flourish. It reminds us that perseverance wins through in the end and that it is noble to sacrifice for the young.