First Nation Symbol Figures
The protector of the animal kingdom. With great power and human like qualities, the Bear is known as the Elder Kinsman and is always treated as a high ranking guest. The Bear also symbolizes strength, learned humility, motherhood and teaching.
Creative, artistic and determined. Known as the carpenter of the animal Kingdom. In Haida legend it is the Beaver who was responsible for giving the salmon that the Raven stole to the people.
Symbol of power, prestige and wisdom. The Eagle also has a strong connection to peace. Its sacred down represents friendship and its feathers are used for ceremonies and rituals. The Cree consider each feather as having special meaning and distinction.
A symbol of prosperity, wealth and good luck. In Tsimshian culture, the Frog is known as the communicator between mother earth and mankind. The Haida carved frogs on their house posts to keep them from falling over.
Joyful messengers who represent peace, affection and good fortune. The Hummingbird is a living rainbow that captures the sunlight and turns it into a jewel on its wings, signifying love, beauty and healing. This tiny bird is also called "Sah Sen"
It is a popular symbol for romance as they mate for life. Legend says that Whales can capture a canoe, take it underwater, and transform the occupants into Whales. Thus, a Whale near the shore is a transformed human trying to communicate with his family.
Protector and guardian of the people on earth. Moon spirit changes the way we feel. The Moon is the exclusive crest of only a few of the highest-ranking chiefs among the Haida. An eclipse is said to be a Codfish trying to swallow the Moon.
The Owl possesses the knowledge of our ancestors, and is the bridge between the physical and spiritual world. The Owl ensures a continuation of the great culture of the Northwest Coast, which has lasted for thousands of years.
The creator, transformer and trickster. Legend says the Raven released the sun and moon, and discovered mankind in a clamshell. The Raven also brought the salmon and the water to man, and taught people how to fish and hunt. The Raven is one of the two main crests of the Haida.
The Symbol of immortality and wealth, dependability and renewal. The Salmon is the life source, and is always treated with high regard. The great abundance of salmon allowed the culture of the Northwest Coast to flourish.
The guardian creature of the supernatural. This double headed sea serpent has healing power and magic. It possesses supernatural power enabling it to shape shift and transform from animal to man.
The provider of healing energy and peace. Released from a box by the Raven, the Sun Chief inhabits the sky and could only be reached by climbing a chain of arrows. The Sun is often carved on totems and masks and sits atop the tallest totem pole.
Thunderbird possesses supernatural power and is credited for creating storms. When he blinks, lighting comes out of his eyes, and when he flaps his wings, thunder roars. It hunts and eats Whales by using the two lightning snakes kept under his wings.
A symbol of great strength. It is considered wise and powerful, and is known for its strong family ties. In Kwakiutl culture the Wolf is the leader of the animal kingdom. It is admired for its tactful hunting skills, and is the land manifestation of Whale since they mate for life.
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The Butterfly is a symbol of balance and harmony. In Haida stories the Butterfly leads the Raven to food sources and discovers the hiding places of treasure and luck. This colorful creature is also the symbol of grace and beauty.
The Dogfish represents leadership. It is the symbol of persistence and strength. The Dogfish is feared for its fierceness and possesses solitary characters such as bravery and uniqueness.
The Dolphin is a symbol of joy, harmony, intelligence and self connection. It is devoted to family and a good protector. The Dolphin stands joyfully for its own truth, while living life to the fullest.
The Dragonfly represents mystery and magic. It symbolizes swiftness, and is mobile, and active. It is a colorful creature which people use to represent dynamism, motion and change. It is also known as the symbol of ever-changing life.
Symbol of strength and stability. The Halibut is a protector of life and is commonly carved in feast dishes. The more detailed and elaborate a dish, the more highly ranked the person who owned it.
The Hawk is a messenger, and takes its place in the spiritual world of the supernatural. It is a symbol of strength and foresight.The Hawk, with its recurved beak, strongly resembles the Thunderbird.
The Heron symbolizes patience and strength. It is a graceful, easy-going spirit who is willing to take small progressive strides to reach for longterm goals. The Heron feather brings inner peace and tranquility.
Symbol of luck, patience, speed and agility. The Kingfisher dives and catches fish underwater with its incredible speed. Legend tells that the Kingfisher waited a long time to transform into its perfect figure. It provides you with a strength to step up to the next level.
The Loon is a symbol of peace, tranquility and grace. It is respected for its loyalty, strength of family, as well as its knowledge of various realms. This melancholic sounding bird was said to have delights in frightening humans on shore or in canoes, as the fog rolled in.
The Otter symbolizes loyal and lasting friendship. A spirit who is trusting, inquisitive and bright. He is serious about his duties, but light-hearted about life and has the wisdom to place as much importance on work as on play.
It is commonly depicted and plays the role of a spirit helper. It is also associated with copper and treasure, prestige and wealth. Impressive Sea Sculpin headdresses frequently crown the figures of powerful individuals.
Wasco is a sea wolf which appears on Haida legend and has both elements of Whale and Wolf. Wolves who were hunting Whales in the ocean were caught in fog and could not find their way back to shore. They decided to remain at sea, and became Wascos.