Touching Spirit Bear Totem Poles Slide 2 Actual Totems Slide 3 Details Slide 4 Animals and Meaning BearBear - Bear is known for its period of hibernation. Bear can help us with the ability to turn inward to access our strength and honor your nature cycles. He teaches us when it is time to act and when it is time to be still. Beaver - Has an amazing ability to build and create. Beavers can help you solve problems by creating solid solutions Buffalo /Bison Buffalo /Bison - Buffalo brings abundance and healing. The buffalo is sacred to Native American people and no part of him wasted. Slide 5 Animals and Meaning CougarCougar - A symbol of power. Cougar teaches you to balance your own. Cougar responds to any challenge with swiftness. Coyote - aIso known as the trickster. He calls on us to look truthfully at our selves and our behavior. CrowCrow - a messenger, keeper of sacred law who sees with a unified eye. Slide 6 Animals and Meaning Deer - Deer is alert and a symbol of sensitivity and kindness. DolphinDolphin - Dolphins are messengers between water and sky. They are playful and intelligent. They bring the message of harmony and balance. EagleEagle - A symbol of freedom and perspective. As a representation of great spirit eagle carries our prayers to the sky. He teaches us to fly. Slide 7 Animals and Meaning Fox - cunning and clever he moves with the utmost discretion. Fox teaches us to slow down and observe. Frog - Assists with the cleansing of our emotions. Horse - Represents strength and freedom. Horse teaches us how to use our power gracefully. Slide 8 Animals and Meaning Owl - Represents wisdom. Owl has amazing vision bringing the gift of insight. Rabbit - A symbol of fertility. Rabbit help us reveal our hidden talents. Raven - Raven is the messenger from spirit world. He represents mystery Snake - Symbolises transformation and the shedding of ones skin. Slide 9 Animals and Meaning Turtle - protected by her shell. She represents mother earth to some tribes. Whale - record keepers of the ocean. They bring us the gift of telepathy and teach us the value of sound. WolfWolf - a great teacher. He helps you find the answers within yourself. Associated with the moon wolf will help you develop your intuition. Slide 10 Here are some questions to ask yourself Does a certain kind of animal consistently appear in your life? This doesnt necessarily have to be a physical appearance, it could be represented in other ways such as receiving card and letters with the same animal pictured over and over, unexplainable dreams of a particular animal, watching television and seeing the same animal featured time and time again, or, actually having the animal show up. Slide 11 Here are some questions to ask yourself Have you ever felt drawn to one animal or another without being able to explain why? When you go to the zoo, a park, wildlife area, or forest, what are you most interested in seeing? Are there any animals that you find to be extremely frightening or intriguing? Is there a particular animal that you see frequently when youre out in nature? Slide 12 Here are some questions to ask yourself Have you ever been bitten or attacked by an animal? Have you ever had a recurring dream about a certain animal, or a dream from childhood that you have never been able to forget? Are you drawn to figurines or paintings of a specific animal? Slide 13 Colors WHITE: This color is used, along with other light colors, as a background and predominating shade. As a rule it symbolized the skies and spacious heavens. It also stood for purity, peace, and death. Slide 14 Colors Red: Generally this color stands for blood, war or valor. Sometimes it is used as appears in nature, such as the crest of a red-headed woodpecker, the scarlet tanager or frequently the tongue of an animal. Slide 15 Colors Blue: This color was most commonly used as the symbol for the rivers, waters, and lakes, also the skies. Certain tribes even used used it for mountains in the distance. It stands for sincerity and happiness. Berries formed a large portion of the natural materials for this color. Western clay and pigments of the canyons also lent varying hues to this effective color. Slide 16 Colors Yellow: The natural abundant materials made this color a very popular and predominating one. Clays, roots, and tannic barks furnished the natives with dyes. Yellow reflects the symbol of the sun, light and happiness. Yellow dye is readily make from tree moss. Slide 17 Colors BLACK: Mud from sulphur springs and other earth deposits made this color available to the Indian. As a rule it stood for power. Slide 18 Colors PURPLE: Huckleberries give a very good substance for dyeing and the Indians used this commonly. Purple is an excellent color for recessed Portions of the carving and for symbols of a reverent nature. It stood for mountains in the distance and general conventionalized signs.