Animal Symbols

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Native American Indians - Animal Symbols List
The following list provides details of each of the animals that feature in beliefs of Native American Indians together with its meanings and symbolism.

  • Bear: The bear symbolizes courage, physical strength and leadership

  • Beaver: The beaver symbolizes determination and strong-will
  • Buffalo: The buffalo symbolizes the sacred, life, great strength, abundance and gratitude
  • Butterfly: The butterfly symbolizes transformation
  • Coyote: The coyote symbolizes a cunning trickster
  • Deer: The deer symbolizes gentleness, grace and survival
  • Dog: The dog symbolizes loyalty
  • Dragonfly: The dragonfly symbolizes happiness, speed and purity
  • Eagle: The eagle symbolizes the divine spirit, creation and freedom
  • Frog: The frog symbolizes cleansing, sensitivity adaptability and transformation
  • Fox: The fox symbolizes anticipation, observation and stealth
  • Gila Monster: The gila monster symbolizes preservation and survival
  • Horse: The horse symbolizes mobility, stamina, strength and power
  • Lizard: The lizard symbolizes conservation and self-protection
  • Opossum: The opossum symbolizes diversion, strategy and deception
  • Raccoon: The raccoon symbolizes curiosity, adaptability and resourcefulness.
  • Porcupine: The porcupine symbolizes innocence, companionship, and trust
  • Prairie Dog: The prairie dog symbolizes swiftness and preparedness
  • Scorpion: The scorpion symbolizes transformation, strength and chaos
  • Serpent: The serpent symbolizes chaos, corruption and darkness.
  • Squirrel: The squirrel symbolizes planning and the home
  • Snake: The snake symbolizes healing and re-birth
  • Spider: The spider symbolizes creativity and is the weaver of the fabric of life
  • Turtle: The turtle symbolizes good health and long life
  • Wolf: The wolf symbolizes direction and leadership and embodies both protection and destruction

Native American Meaning of the Animal Symbols - The Bear, Coyote, Deer & Fox
Animal Symbols has different meanings in many Native American tribes. The meaning of the Bear symbol was important as it represented a protector and symbolized courage, physical strength and leadership. The Coyote symbol is depicted as the Trickster who was so mischievous and involved in his own trickery that he would trick himself. The deer was important to many Indian tribes as it provided a good means of sustenance providing food and clothing for the tribe and the Deer Track symbol was to signify that hunting in the area was plentiful. The Fox symbol represented a benign animal in some tribes but as a dangerous trickster in other tribes.

Meaning of Animal Symbols - Gila Monster, Raccoon, Snake, Turtle, Wolf & Horse
The meaning of the Gila Monster symbol was to signify preservation and survival and used as a sign of the desert. The meaning of the Horse symbol was to signify mobility, stamina, strength and power. The meaning of the Many Fish symbol was to signify water and the flow of life from the Earth. The Raccoon symbol symbolized curiosity, adaptability and resourcefulness. The Snake symbol has different meanings in many Native American tribes and the ancient people. The meaning of the Turtle symbol signifies good health and long life. The meaning of the Wolf Symbol was to symbolize direction and leadership and embodied both protection and destruction.

Meaning of the Animal Symbols - Zuni Bear Fetish
A fetish is an object which is believed to have magic powers. The Zuni Bear symbol was a fetish that symbolized the most powerful of animals and was believed to be the Guardian of the West with the power to heal and to transform passions into true wisdom. The Zuni Native American Indians strongly believed in six cardinal guardian fetishes - the bear, badger, mountain lion, wolf, mole and the eagle.

Meaning of the Animal Symbols - The Insect Symbols: Butterfly, Dragonfly & Spider
The meaning of the Butterfly symbol signifies transformation as the ugly caterpillar changes into the beautiful butterfly. The meaning of the Dragonfly symbol was to signify happiness, speed and purity. The Spider Symbol symbolized creativity and was the weaver of the fabric of life.

The Animal Symbols - Mythology of the Avanyu, Serpents and Panther
Animal symbols, myths and legends: The Avanyu symbol is one of the many snake-like reptile deities that figure in the mythology of some Native American tribes, notably the Pueblo and represented a storm bringer and was connected with lightning, thunderstorms and the guardian of water. The Panther symbol was seen as a malevolent being or monster who fights then devours his enemies and was strongly associated with warfare. The Feathered Serpent Symbol, the Serpent Symbol, The Great Serpent and the Horned Serpent all  featured in the myths and legends of the ancient Mississippian culture of North America, the culture of the Mound Builders.

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