Once you have selected your northwest Native American spirit animal, here are some links for images. Notice the use of ovoid and U-shapes:
Key symbols of West Coast Native Art Click on the small pictures (called “thumbnails”) to enlarge them. This link has almost all of the spirit animals listed below with more description of their character traits.
Northwest Tribal Art Symbols Scroll down to read more about your spirit animal or use the Quick Links on the left side of the page.
First Nation Artist Bios Read about contemporary Native American artists
Read more about and see illustrations of your spirit animal. Notice that there are a total of three pages that you can go to.
An Overview of Pacific Northwest Native Indian Art by Clint Cora This opens a PDF with lots of information about Native American art in the Pacific Northwest.
Native-Online has a very detailed description on the use of the ovoid shape in Native American art.
Symbols of Northwest Native Americans
BEAVER Creative, artistic and determined, industrious
BEAR Strength, learned humility, teaching
BUMBLEBEE Honesty, pure thinking – willingness and drive
DOVE Love, gentleness and kindness
DRAGON FLY Ever-changing life
EAGLE Strength, leadership and prestige. Good luck to the giver and receiver.
FROG Spring & new life – communicator, stability
HALIBUT Life protector, strength and stability
HAWK Strength, far sighted
HERON Patience, graceful and easy going
HUMMINGBIRD Love, beauty, intelligence, spirit messenger
KILLER WHALE Traveler & guardian – symbol of good
KINGFISHER Luck, patience, speed and agility
LOON Peace, tranquility – generous giving nature
OCTOPUS Transformation, spirit helper
OTTER Trusting, inquisitive and bright – loyal friendship
RAVEN Creation & knowledge – bringer of the light, catalyst of change.
SALMON Dependability and renewal – a provider
SEAL Bright, inquisitive, organized
WOLF Intelligence & leadership – strong sense of family
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