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 and 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 providing the salmon that Raven stole to give to the people.
The Butterfly is a symbol of balance and harmony. It helps to spread beauty.
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.
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.
The Hummingbird is a living rainbow that captures the sunlight and turns it into a jewel on wings, signifying love and beauty. They are joyful messengers who represent peace, affection and good fortune. This tiny bird is also called "Sah Sen".
It is a popular symbol for romance as they mate for life. Legend told that Whale could capture a canoe, take it underwater, and transform the occupants into Whales. Thus, a whale near the shore was a transformed human trying to communicate with his family.
Protector and guardian of the people of the earth. Moon spirit changes the way we feel. The Moon was the exclusive crest of only a few of the highest-ranking chiefs among the Haida. An eclipse was said to be a Codfish trying to swallow the Moon.
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 always treated with high regard. The great abundance of salmon allowed the culture of the Northwest Coast to flourish.
The guardian creature of the homes of the supernatural. This double headed sea serpent has healing power and magic. It possesses super-natural power enabling it to shape shift and transform from animal to man.
The provider of healing energy and peace. Released from a box by Raven, the Sun Chief inhabited 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 with 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 Kwaguilt 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 as they both mate for life.