Meaning of Animals

Meaning of Animals

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Meaning of Animals

The Meaning of Animals plays an important role in the belief system of Native American Indians. Their beliefs are based on Animism which embodies the spiritual idea that all natural objects within the universe, have souls or spirits.  Animists believe that souls or spirits exist, not only in humans, but also in animals, plants, animals, rocks and natural phenomena. The doctrine of animism is that everything is alive, and possesses an inherent virtue, power and wisdom. In the ancient culture and traditions of Native Americans the meaning of animals are inextricably tied to the belief that animals, as spirit guides, walk through different stages of life with a person, teaching and guiding them, and in some instances protecting them.

Native American Meaning of Animals Chart
The meaning of animals and other creatures such as birds, insects and reptiles, are of great significance as they are believed to possess supernatural powers that can embody, attach and influence a person empowering them with the powerful traits, attributes and characteristics of the animal. The animals that are are  regarded as spiritual guides appear in dreams or Vision Quests. The following chart describes the meanings of animals and other creatures providing information of the significance of each animal together with its meaning, attributes, characteristics and symbolism.

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Meaning of Animals Chart


Names of Animals

Native American Animal Symbolism
 

Meaning of Animals:

Alligator
 
The alligator symbolizes emotional understanding, cleansing & Spiritual Healing

Meaning of Animals:

Badger
 
The badger symbolizes boldness, is outgoing and a good communicator

Meaning of Animals:

Bat
 
The bat symbolizes rebirth and is regarded as a
Guardian of the Night

Meaning of Animals:

Bear
 
The bear symbolizes courage, physical strength and leadership

Meaning of Animals:

Beaver
 
The beaver symbolizes resourcefulness determination and a strong-will

Meaning of Animals:

Bobcat
 
The bobcat symbolizes independence, clear vision
and self-reliance

Meaning of Animals:

Buffalo
 
The buffalo symbolizes the sacred, life, great strength, abundance and gratitude

Meaning of Animals:

Butterfly
 
The butterfly symbolizes transformation

Meaning of Animals:

Cow
 
The cow symbolizes contentment, fertility and nourishment

Meaning of Animals:

Cougar
 
The cougar symbolizes power, leadership, humility and encourages responsibility for life

Meaning of Animals:

Coyote
 
The coyote symbolizes cunning, stealth and humor

Meaning of Animals:

Deer
 
The deer symbolizes compassion, grace and survival

Meaning of Animals:

Dog
 
The dog symbolizes loyalty and trust

Meaning of Animals:

Dragonfly
 
The dragonfly symbolizes happiness, speed and purity

Meaning of Animals:

Eagle
 
The eagle symbolizes the divine spirit, creation and freedom
 

Meaning of Animals:

Elk
 
The elk symbolizes bravery, agility and independence
 

Meaning of Animals:

Frog
 
The frog symbolizes cleansing, sensitivity adaptability
and transformation

Meaning of Animals:

Fox
 
The fox symbolizes anticipation, observation and stealth

Meaning of Animals:

Gila Monster
 
The gila monster symbolizes preservation and survival

Meaning of Animals:

Grizzly Bear
 
The grizzly bear symbolizes strength and ferocity

Names of Animals

Native American Animal Symbolism
 

Meaning of Animals Chart

 
 

 

Native American Meaning of Animals Chart
The following chart describes the meanings of animals providing information of the significance of each of the animals together with its meaning, attributes, characteristics and symbolism.

Bird SymbolTurtle Symbol

Meaning of Animals Chart


Names of Animals

Native American Animal Symbolism
 

Meaning of Animal:

Horse
 
The horse symbolizes mobility, stamina, strength and power

Meaning of Animal:

Lizard
 
The lizard symbolizes conservation, subconscious hopes and fears and self-protection

Meanings of Animal:

Moose
 
The moose symbolizes balance and longevity

Meaning of Animal:

Mouse
 
The mouse symbolizes observation and diligence

Meaning of Animal:

Opossum
 
The opossum symbolizes diversion, strategy and deception

Meaning of Animal:

Otter
 
The otter symbolizes speed and curiosity

Meaning of Animals:

Raccoon
 
The raccoon symbolizes curiosity, adaptability and resourcefulness.

Meaning of Animals:

Porcupine
 
The porcupine symbolizes safety, companionship, and trust

Meaning of Animals:

Prairie Dog
 
The prairie dog symbolizes swiftness and preparedness
 

Meaning of Animals:

Scorpion
 
The scorpion symbolizes transformation, strength and chaos

Meaning of Animal:

Serpent
 
The serpent symbolizes chaos, corruption and darkness.

Meanings of Animal:

Shark
 
The shark symbolizes remorselessness, survival &  adaptability

Meanings of Animal:

Squirrel
 
The squirrel symbolizes planning and the home

Meanings of Animal:

Snake
 
The snake symbolizes healing and re-birth

Meanings of Animal:

Spider
 
The spider symbolizes creativity and is the weaver
of the fabric of life

Meanings of Animal:

Turtle
 
The turtle symbolizes tenacity, good health and long life

Meanings of Animal:

Weasel
 
The weasel symbolizes boldness and courage

Meanings of Animal:

Whale
 
The whale symbolizes ancient knowledge & awareness

Meanings of Animal:

Wolf
 
The wolf symbolizes direction and leadership and embodies both protection and destruction

Names of Animals

Native American Animal Symbolism
 

Meaning of Animals Chart

 

Meaning of Animals

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