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* Tribal Totems*


     Tribe Totems are the emblems of tribes that reflect the lineage of a tribe, reminding them of their ancestry or their mythical past and creation myths. The word totem is derived from the Ojibwa word 'odoodem' meaning "his kinship group". Many tribes also hold the belief that their people have Tribe Totems that are spirit guides who sometimes appear in dreams or Vision Quest the form of animals. These Tribe Totems, or spirit guides, walk through life with them, teaching and guiding them and protecting them. Tribe Totems are particularly associated with the Totem Poles that are created by six tribes of Northwest Indians, the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast but other Native Americans hold similar beliefs.

        *Tribe Totems all had a special meaning,characteristics and significance. Some Tribe Totems are Animal Spirits that can be called upon, by an individual or a tribe, for its special powers to serve as a guardian or protector when the tribe is facing adversity.
Tribe Totems were believed to have spiritual significance and watched over the tribe symbolizing their guardian spirit or helper.

*Tribe Totems
*Each one of the Tribe Totems had a special meaning, characteristics and significance. The following details the common Tribe Totems used by Native Indian Tribes across North America.
 Also refered to Power Animals

Tribe Totems    Abenaki    - Wolf, wild cat (black), bear, snake, beaver, caribou,
                      sturgeon, muskrat, pigeon, hawk, squirrel, spotted frog, crane, porcupine


Tribe Totem    Cayuga     - Bear, wolf, turtle, deer, beaver, eel, snipe, hawk

Tribe Totems    Chickasaw - Wildcat, bird, panther, fish, deer, raccoon, squirrel, alligator,  

                       wolf, blackbird
Tribe Totem    Cherokee    - Wolf, holly, deer, bird
Tribe Totems    Crow     - Prairie dog, skunk, bear, raven, antelope
Tribe Totems    Creek  - Wolf, bear, skunk, alligator, panther, mole, fish, beaver, snake, bear, deer, fox, 

                       otter, bird, toad, raccoon, wildcat,buffalo
Tribe Totem       Delaware or Lenape - Wolf, bear, dog, opossum, turtle, eel, turkey, crane, chicken
Tribe Totems     Fox and Sauk - Wolf, bear, deer, elk, hawk, eagle, fish, fox,  buffalo, sturgeon
Tribe Totems    Haida    - Raven clan, eagle, killer-whale, black bear, loon, woodpecker,

                       Thunderbird (mythical), hawk, wolf, dogfish, owl, otter, grizzly bear, sea lion,       

                       mountain goat
Tribe Totems    Huron or Wyandot - Turtle, wolf, bear, porcupine, beaver, deer, snake, hawk.
Tribe Totem    Hopi - Mountain sheep, deer, antelope, elk, 
ant, duck, frog, snake, puma, dove, skunk,

                       raccoon, crane, pigeon hawk, eagle, hawk, turkey, badger, butterfly, coyote, fox,

                       squirrel, lizard, spider, magpie, field mouse, porcupine,turkey and buzzard
Tribe Totem    Iowa - Black bear, wolf, coyote, eagle, elk, beaver, pigeon, raccoon, grouse, buffalo,      

                      rattlesnake, owl.
Tribe Totems    Kansas or Kaw - Deer, eagle, prairie wolf, bear, duck, turtle,
                       elk, earth, raccoon, hawk

Tribe Totem    Lenape - Wolf, bear, dog, opossum, turtle, eel, turkey, crane, chicken
Tribe Totems   Mandan - Wolf, bear, prairie chicken, eagle    


Tribe Totems    Menomonee - Bear, porcupine, turtle, crane, wolf, otter, sturgeon, eagle, hawk, eagle,  

                       turkey-buzzard, crow, raven, beaver, elk, pine squirrel, wolf, dog, deer, great heron
Tribe Totems    Miami - Wolf, eagle, buzzard, panther, turkey, raccoon
Tribe Totems    Mohave - Moon, caterpillar, coyote, rain cloud, sun, beaver ,
Tribe Totems    Mohawk - Bear, wolf, and turtle
Tribe Totem    Mohican - Wolf, turtle, turkey, bear, dog, opossum, yellow eel, crane, chicken
Tribe Totems    Ojibwa - Crane, catfish, bear, reindeer, wolf, pike, lynx, eagle, rattlesnake, moose,    

                       cormorant, goose, sturgeon, beaver, gull, hawk, turtle, snipe, duck, snake, muskrat,

                       heron, water snake, wildcat, otter, buffalo, grizzly bear, reindeer, pike.
Tribe Totems    Omaha - Male elk and deer, bear, turtle or tortoise, bird,
buffalo, reptiles, wolf
Tribe Totem    Oneida - Bear, wolf, turtle
Tribe Totem    Onondaga - Bear, wolf, turtle, deer, beaver, eel

Tribe Totems    Osage - buffalo bull, black bear, elk, swan, bald eagle, turtle, fish
Tribe Totems    Ponca - Wildcat, elk, buffalo
Tribe Totems    Pueblo - Mountain lion, humming bird, blue bird, gopher, boulder goose
Tribe Totems    Sauk and Fox - Wolf, bear, deer, elk, hawk, eagle, fish, fox,  buffalo, sturgeon
Tribe Totems    Seneca - Bear, wolf, turtle, deer, beaver, heron, snipe, hawk  

Tribe Totems    Shawnee - Wolf, bear,
buzzard, panther, owl, turkey, deer, raccoon, turtle, snake,

                       horse, rabbit
Tribe Totems    Seminole - Panther, otter, bird, deer, wolf, snake, alligator
Tribe Totems    Tlingit - Raven, frog, goose, sea lion, owl, salmon, beaver, codfish, skate, wolf, eagle,

                       bear, killer-whale, shark, auk, gull, sparrow-hawk
Tribe Totem    Tuscarora - Bear, gray wolf, yellow wolf, great turtle, little turtle, beaver, eel
Tribe Totems    Tsimshian - Raven, codfish, starfish, eagle, halibut, beaver, whale, wolf, crane, grizzly  

                        bear, bear, killer whale, dolphin

Tribe Totems    Winnebago - Wolf, elk, bear, deer, buffalo, snake, eagle
Tribe Totems    Wyandot or Huron - Turtle, wolf, bear, porcupine, beaver, deer, snake, hawk
Tribe Totems    Zuni - Crane or pelican, coyote, badger, antelope, eagle, parrot-macaw,

                       rabbit, tortoise, bear, deer, turkey, toad or frog,rattle-snake

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