Native American Beliefs

Native American Totems - A Blog

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You have noticed that everything the Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round….. The Sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours….

Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. ~Black Elk~ Oglala Sioux

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“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
~Tecumseh - Great Shawnee Chief~”

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A totem pole mostly used by Native Americans in the Northwest United States and Canada.

A totem pole mostly used by Native Americans in the Northwest United States and Canada.

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What is a Totem?

The word totem is believed to be derived from the Ojibwe word odoodem which means “his kinship group”. There are many types of totems in the Native American cultures and vary from group to group. Basically in lay terms it is usually an animal that you feel a particular kinship to. Every person is born with a particular birth animal totem that is determined by the Moon you are born under. Your birth totem is your moon sign not to be confused with the sun sign which is your Zodiac sign.

To find out what your birth totem is please refer to: What is your birth totem?

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