List of Native American Totems


Alligator – Stealth, Survival
Ant
– Patience, Diligence and Work
Antelope
-Taking Action
Armadillo
-Boundaries, Self Protection
Badger
-Aggressiveness, Passion and Drive
Bat
-Death and Rebirth on Personal, Spiritual Level
Bear
-Gentle Strength, Introspection and Dreaming
Beaver
-Building, Accomplishing Goals
Bee
-Service, Gathering, Community
Bird
-Unity, Freedom, Community
Buffalo
-Abundance, Survival Needs Met, Good Fortune, Healing
Butterfly
-Self Transformation, Balance, Grace
Bumblebee
-Honesty, Pure Thinking, Willingness and Drive
Caribou
-Travel and Mobility
Cougar
– Power, Swiftness, Balance
Coyote
– “The Trickster” , Humor, Charm, Folly of Self-Deception and Survival
Crane
-Water, End of Summer, Migration
Cricket
-Singing, Spring, Fertility
Crow
-Sacred Law, Gateway To Supernatural, Shape Shifting, Illusion
Deer
-Gentleness, Compassion and Kindness
Dog
-Protection and Loyalty
Dolphin
-Joy, Harmony, Intelligence, Self Connection
Dove
-Love, Gentleness and Kindness
Dragonfly
-Dreamtime, Illusion, Spring, Water
Dolphin
-Life Force, Rhythm and Breath
Eagle
-Spirit Connection to Higher Realms, Courage
Elk
-Stamina, Pride, Power, Majesty
Feather
-Spirit
Firefly
-Communication, Illumination
Fish
-Water, Current, Flow of Life From the Earth
Fox
-Camouflage, Adaptability and Integration
Frog
-Fluidity, Water and Rain, Cleansing and Tears
Goat
-Tenacity, Diligence
Goose
-Safe Return, Love of Home
Hawk
-Strength, Foresight, Truth
Hedgehog
-Self Preservation
Heron
-Patience, Grace
Horse
-Physical and Spiritual Power, Carrier Of Burdens
Hummingbird
-Pure Love and Joy, Celebration of Life
Ladybug-Delight, Trust
Lion-Pride, Nobility, Cunning, Courage
Lizard-Dreaming, Foresight, Ancient Secrets
Loon-Peace, Tranquility, Generosity
Lynx-Keeper of Mystical Secrets
Moose-Self Esteem, Assertiveness
Mountain Lion-Wisdom and Balance in Leadership
Mouse-Scrutiny, Attention to Detail
Opossum -Strategy and Diversion
Otter-Earth and Water, Balanced Feminine Energy
Owl-Clairvoyance, Magic, Astral Projection
Parrot Feather-Bringer of Essential Rain and Seed
Peacock-Recognition, Self Assurance, Pride
Pelican-Abundance, Plenty
Pheasant-Warning, Concealment
Porcupine-Gentle Innocence and Trust
Quail-Protectiveness, Group Harmony
Rabbit-Fear, Overcoming Limiting Beliefs
Raccoon-Curiosity, Inquisitiveness
Ram-Strength, Determination
Raven-Bringer of Magic and Light, Creation and Knowledge
Roadrunner-Speed, Agility
Salmon-Dependability and Renewal
Sandpiper-Foraging, Scavenging, Quickness
Scorpion-Defense, Self Protection, Biting Truth
Seagull-Carefree Attitude, Versatility, Freedom
Seal-Inquisitiveness, Organization, Contentment
Snake-Transmutation, Life Cycles
Skunk-Reputation, Respect, Caution
Snail-Perseverance, Determination
Snake-Power, Life Force, Sexual Potency
Spider-Weaving, Symbolism
Squirrel-Gathering, Preparation, Thrift
Swan-Grace, Surrender to the Universal Plan
Tadpole-Fertility and Renewal, Transformation
Turkey-Give Away, Sacrifice of Self and Others
Turtle-Mother Earth, Protection
Weasel-Stealth, Information Gathering
Whale-Historical Record Keeper, Traveler, Guardian
Wolf-Teacher of New Ideas and Wisdom, Intense Loyalty with Balance of Independence
Woodpecker-Change, Persistance

Ideas on how to use this reference material in the ESL classroom at:

https://foxhugh.wordpress.com/list-of-lists/

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List of Native American Totems

2 responses to “List of Native American Totems

  1. ~~I have a resident Cricket and wanted to see it’s totem meaning~~TY In GAU, PLU with Joy and Compassion~~

    • I have been living in Asia for the last 14 years and a cricket is also a good luck symbol in China. I was in China from 1999-2,000 and one night ran into a roving cricket salesman. The guy was carrying about a hundred crickets in wooden cages on a pole! I am not a big fan of grasshoppers but I think crickets are cute and I can count insects I think are cute on one hand, well two fingers, I think lady bugs are cute and they are an native american symbol of good luck! If lady bug shows up then buy a lottery ticket!

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