Tribe Totems

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Tribe Totems

Tribe Totems. Discover facts and information about the culture of Native American Indians and the Tribe Totems used by different tribes

  • Tribe Totems and Native American Indians
  • Names of animal totems associated with different tribes
  • Culture of Native Americans and Tribe Totems
  • Names of Tribal Totems
  • The Tribe Totem of different cultural groups
  • Interesting facts and information about Tribe Totems and Native American Indians
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What are Tribe Totems?
Definition of Tribe Totems: Native American Tribe Totems are the emblems of tribes  that reflect the lineage of a tribe, reminding them of their ancestry or their mythical past and creation myths. The word totem is derived from the Ojibwe word 'odoodem' meaning "his kinship group". Many tribes also hold the belief that their people have Tribe Totems that are spirit guides who sometimes appear in dreams or
Vision Quests in the form of animals. These Tribe Totems, or spirit guides, walk through life with them, teaching and guiding them and protecting them. Tribe Totems are particularly associated with the Totem Poles that are created by six tribes of Northwest Indians, the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast but other Native Americans hold similar beliefs. For additional information refer to Symbols and Meanings and Animal Totems.

Tribe Totems and their Meanings
Tribe Totems all had a special meaning, characteristics and significance. Some Tribe Totems are Animal Spirits that can be called upon, by an individual or a tribe, for its special powers to serve as a guardian or protector when the tribe is facing adversity. Tribe Totems were believed to have spiritual significance and watched over the tribe symbolizing their guardian spirit or helper. The names of the Tribe Totems for many Native American Tribes are detailed on the Tribe Totems chart. For additional facts and interesting information refer to Totemism. The concepts of Totemism, Animism, Ritualism and Shamanism should all be considered to gain a full understanding of the religious beliefs of the Native American tribes that included their Tribe totems. 


Tribe Totems Chart
Each one of the Tribe Totems had a special meaning, characteristics and significance. The following chart details the common Tribe Totems used by Native Indian Tribes across North America. Also refer to Power Animals.

Tribe Totems Chart

Tribe Totems


Abenaki - Wolf, wild cat (black), bear, snake, beaver, caribou, sturgeon, muskrat, pigeon, hawk, squirrel, spotted frog, crane, porcupine

 Tribe TotemCayugaCayuga - Bear, wolf, turtle, deer, beaver, eel, snipe, hawk
 Tribe TotemsChickasawChickasaw - Wildcat, bird, panther, fish, deer, raccoon, squirrel, alligator, wolf, blackbird
 Tribe TotemCherokeeCherokee - Wolf, holly, deer, bird
 Tribe TotemsCrowCrow - Prairie dog, skunk, bear, raven, antelope
 Tribe TotemsCreekCreek - Wolf, bear, skunk, alligator, panther, mole, fish, beaver, snake, bear, deer, fox, otter, bird, toad, raccoon, wildcat, buffalo
 Tribe TotemDelawareDelaware or Lenape - Wolf, bear, dog, opossum, turtle, eel, turkey, crane, chicken
 Tribe TotemsFoxFox and Sauk - Wolf, bear, deer, elk, hawk, eagle, fish, fox,  buffalo, sturgeon
 Tribe TotemsHaidaHaida - Raven clan, eagle, killer-whale, black bear, loon, woodpecker, thunderbird (mythical), hawk, wolf, dogfish, owl, otter, grizzly bear, sea lion, mountain goat
 Tribe TotemsHuronHuron or Wyandot - Turtle, wolf, bear, porcupine, beaver, deer, snake, hawk.
 Tribe TotemHopiHopi - Mountain sheep, deer, antelope, elk, ant, duck, frog, snake, puma, dove, skunk, raccoon, crane, pigeon hawk,  eagle, hawk, turkey, badger, butterfly, coyote, fox, squirrel, lizard, spider, magpie, field mouse, porcupine, turkey and buzzard
 Tribe TotemIowa Iowa - Black bear, wolf, coyote, eagle, elk, beaver, pigeon, raccoon, grouse, buffalo, rattlesnake, owl
 Tribe TotemsKansas or Kaw
Kansas or Kaw - Deer, eagle, prairie wolf, bear, duck, turtle, buffalo, elk, earth, raccoon, hawk
 Tribe TotemLenapeLenape - Wolf, bear, dog, opossum, turtle, eel, turkey, crane, chicken
 Tribe TotemsMandan
Mandan - Wolf, bear, prairie chicken, eagle 
 Tribe TotemsMenomoneeMenomonee - Bear, porcupine, turtle, crane, wolf, otter, sturgeon, eagle, hawk, eagle, turkey-buzzard, crow, raven, beaver, elk, pine squirrel, wolf, dog, deer, great heron
 Tribe TotemsMiamiMiami - Wolf, eagle, buzzard, panther, turkey, raccoon
 Tribe TotemsMohaveMohave - Moon, caterpillar, coyote, rain cloud, sun, beaver, mesquite
 Tribe TotemsMohawkMohawk - Bear, wolf, and turtle
 Tribe TotemMohicanMohican - Wolf, turtle, turkey, bear, dog, opossum, yellow eel, crane, chicken
 Tribe TotemsOjibwaOjibwa - Crane, catfish, bear, reindeer, wolf, pike, lynx, eagle, rattlesnake, moose, cormorant, goose, sturgeon, beaver, gull, hawk, turtle, snipe, duck, snake, muskrat, heron, water snake, wildcat, otter, buffalo, grizzly bear, reindeer, pike.
 Tribe TotemsOmahaOmaha - Male elk and deer, bear, turtle or tortoise, bird, buffalo, reptiles, wolf
 Tribe TotemOneidaOneida - Bear, wolf, turtle
 Tribe TotemOnondagaOnondaga - Bear, wolf, turtle, deer, beaver, eel
 Tribe TotemsOsageOsage - buffalo bull, black bear, elk, swan, bald eagle, turtle, fish
 Tribe TotemsPonca Ponca - Wildcat, elk, buffalo
 Tribe TotemsPueblo Pueblo - Mountain lion, humming bird, blue bird, gopher, boulder goose
 Tribe TotemsSauk
Sauk and Fox - Wolf, bear, deer, elk, hawk, eagle, fish, fox,  buffalo, sturgeon
 Tribe TotemsSeneca
Seneca - Bear, wolf, turtle, deer, beaver, heron, snipe, hawk 
 Tribe TotemsShawneeShawnee - Wolf, bear, buzzard, panther, owl, turkey, deer, raccoon, turtle, snake, horse, rabbit
 Tribe TotemsSeminoleSeminole - Panther, otter, bird, deer, wolf, snake, alligator
 Tribe TotemsTlingitTlingit - Raven, frog, goose, sea lion, owl, salmon, beaver, codfish, skate, wolf, eagle, bear, killer-whale, shark, auk, gull, sparrow-hawk
 Tribe TotemTuscaroraTuscarora - Bear, gray wolf, yellow wolf, great turtle, little turtle, beaver, eel
 Tribe TotemsTsimshianTsimshian - Raven, codfish, starfish, eagle, halibut, beaver, whale, wolf, crane, grizzly bear, bear, killer whale, dolphin
 Tribe TotemsWinnebagoWinnebago - Wolf, elk, bear, deer, buffalo, snake, eagle
 Tribe TotemsWyandotWyandot or Huron - Turtle, wolf, bear, porcupine, beaver, deer, snake, hawk
 Tribe TotemsZuniZuni - Crane or pelican, coyote, badger, antelope, eagle, parrot-macaw, cotton-tail rabbit, tortoise, bear, deer, turkey, toad or frog, rattle-snake

Tribe Totems Chart


Northwest Indian Tribe Totems

  • Native American Northwest Indian Poles and Posts
  • Materials used to create Tribe Totems
  • History of the Northwest Indian Tribe Totems and their purpose
  • Words and terminology associated with Northwest Indian Tribe Totems
  • Examples of the Totem Pole
  • Native American Northwest Indian art and culture

Pictures and Videos of Native Americans
Discover the vast selection of pictures which relate to the History of Native Americans and illustrate many decorations and tattoos used by American Indians. The pictures show the clothing, tattoos, war paint, weapons and decorations of various Native Indian tribes that can be used as a really useful educational history resource for kids and children of all ages and a means to study their interpretation. We have included pictures to accompany the main topic of this section - Native American Culture. The videos enable fast access to the images, paintings and pictures together with information and many historical facts. All of the articles can be accessed via the Native Indian Tribes Index.


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