Totems

Symbolism in indigenous art

Symbolism is an integral part of indigenous representation. Each element holding its own unique meaning and connotation. Below is a list of symbols, and their meanings, as portrayed on each piece of hand carved jewellery.

Bear

Representing courage and great strength, as well as motherhood and teachings.

Beaver

Know as “the builder” symbolizing security, activity, home, family, and intelligence, as well as creativity, and determination. 

Butterfly

Beauty, and perfect balance; the butterfly brings signs of change and the desire to travel. Representing dances of joy, happiness, and the art of transformation.

Eagle

Holds the highest perception. Symbolizing clear visions, strength, leadership, and the ability to prevail. 

Frog

Cleanser of the spirit. Frog represents innocents, family unity, inner peace, and happiness.

Heron

Teaches walking in the balance of relationships, demonstrating patience, gracefulness, self-determination, inner strength, and a quiet power.

Hummingbird

The messenger of love and spirit. Showing us love, luck, intelligence, and great beauty. 

Loon

Symbolizes solitude, imaginations, independence, harmony, and the reawakening of old dreams. 

Moon

The silent protector of night, and wisdom of all ages.

Orca

Lord of the ocean, and Guardian of the sea; demonstrating a strong sense of family values, and offering protection during travel over bodies of water. 

Otter

Resourceful, and agile, the playful Otter represents sharing, and balanced energy.

Owl

Bringer of silent wisdom, guidance, and breakthrough deception. Owl has the power of healing, and is the keeper of knowledge.

Raven

Wise, crafty, and helpful; Raven gives light to the world symbolizing creation, knowledge, and prestige. 

Salmon

Represents the cycle of life; A provider, and prosperous benefactor.

Sun

Growth, power, and warmth, showing us “Life force energy”.

Swan

True beauty and serene power. Swan is a dreamer, emotional, and sensitive. Also mates for life.

Thunderbird

Ruler of the sky and most powerful of all spirits. With the blink of an eye Thunderbird brings lightening, and with the flap of a wing, creates thunder. The noble master of elements.

Wolf

Symbolizes family, togetherness, and loyalty. Wolf shows us courage and protection, as well as being an excellent pathfinder, and provider.