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Strength. Introspection. Learned humility. Motherhood & teaching.

Industrious. Resourceful. Creative. Determined.
Persistence & strength. Innate leadership.

Honor. Power. Leadership. Wisdom. The eagle flies high above the world, possessing a broad perspective of it all.

Honoring. Respect. Strength.

Transformation. Duality. Frogs occupy both land and water, traveling between the two worlds. They communicate with beings from both, and serve as mediators.
Honoring. Respect. Strength.

A messenger, often from the spirit world and the ancestors. Strength.

Patience. Grace.

Agility. Love. Beauty. Among the more northern nations, the  Hummingbird is seen as a messenger. If he appears during a time of great sorrow or pain, healing will soon follow. He also symbolizes the fragility of nature and all living things.

Beauty and power. Traveler & guardian. The Haida believe that  killer whales are human counterparts who have their own complex societies beneath the sea. Among the KwakwakaÕwakw,  killer whales are thought to be ancestors reincarnated.

Peace. Tranquility. Generosity.

Protector. Guardian.

A universal cultural hero on the Northwest Coast. Raven is the Trickster, the Transformer. He is associated with Creation. According to some stories, Raven brought light to the world, placing the sun, moon, and stars in the sky.

Dependability & Renewal. A Provider. Salmon is a major source of sustenance on the Northwest Coast. Salmon is considered a gift to the people, honored in stories and ceremonies. Many communities regard the salmon as deceased relatives returning to feed the living. In First Salmon ceremonies, the first catch of the season is eaten in ceremony, and all the bones are carefully returned to the sea so that the salmon will return to feed the people the following year.

Provides the earth with healing energy and life. According to some oral traditions, Raven tossed the Sun into the sky, where it remains today. For other communities, their first human ancestors transformed from the sun.

Power. Strength. Leadership. The Thunderbird lives high in the     mountains. According to some traditions, Thunderbird causes thunder when he flies or ruffles his feathers. When he blinks his eyes, he causes lightning. He is so huge, he can easily pick up a Killer whale in each talon.

Represents intelligence and leadership. Wolf is a pathfinder, the forerunner of new ideas, and a patient teacher. Within a wolf pack, there may be individualism, but there is also a predominant sense of family. Wolves mate for life and thus represent loyalty and family values.
Basic interpretations of the more common Northwest coast crests.


Bent Cedar Box
Northwest Coast Native Art
James Michels