Bear

Bear

The BEAR is known for its human-like qualities and caring for family. The Bear is a symbol of strength, power and honor.

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

The DRAGONFLY symbolizes diligence, hard work and perseverance.

Halibut

Halibut

This is a popular crest among the northern Northwest coast Indigenous tribes and plays an important role in traditional culture.

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

The HUMMINGBIRD is a gentle creature, and is known for its fortitude and ability to overcome great obstacles. The Hummingbird symbolizes peace, healing and joy.

Octopus

Octopus

In the ancient stories the Octopus was a powerful creature that lived in the undersea world. It was a time when animals and people could transform, and one story tells of the Octopus taking a chief’s wife for his own, and years later the Octopus / human children returning from the world under the sea to live in their father’s village.

Owl

Owl

The OWL symbolizes wisdom, long life and one who gives advice.

Salmon

Salmon

The SALMON is a symbol of prosperity and good luck. Every four years they return to the river where they were born, and are highly respected by all the tribes of Pacific coast.

Thunderbird

Thunderbird

The THUNDERBIRD is the most powerful of all mythical creatures, and symbolizes personal power and a link to the spirit world.

Wolf

Wolf

The WOLF is known for its association with spiritual power. It is a symbol of family, unity and spirituality.

Butterfly

Butterfly

The Butterfly represents freedom and spirituality.

Eagle

Eagle

The EAGLE is revered for its beauty, regal nature and signifies peace, spirituality and friendship.

Hawk

Hawk

The HAWK is recognizable by its hooked beak, and is known for its keen eyesight which symbolizes vision and judgment.

Killerwhale

Killerwhale

The Orca and the Killerwhale are terms for the same animal, and is a crest belonging to high ranking families on the Northwest coast.

Orca

Orca

The ORCA is the Lord of the Ocean and the most respected of all sea creatures. The Orca symbolize s wealth and long life.

Puffin

Puffin

The Puffin was highly regarded in traditional culture. It was rare and was used to adorn chief’s ceremonial regalia.

Sea Serpent

Sea Serpent

Also known as a Sisiutl, it is a mythical animals that is popular in the ancient stories. It could give great power to anyone who possessed it.

Turtle

Turtle

The TURTLE symbolizes honesty, steadfastness, and determination. North American is known as Turtle Island to some Native American tribes.

Crow

Crow

The crow is a helper animal in the traditional stories.

Frog

Frog

The FROG is a symbol of innocence, stability and communication. It is known as a bringer knowledge and wealth.

Heron

Heron

Heron is known as a helper - after the great flood many animals tried to dive to the seafloor but were unable, then Heron dived deeper than all of them and returned with a handful of soil that Raven transformed into the lands that we inhabit today.

Loon

Loon

In the ancient stories the Loon takes the hero under the sea, or under a mystic mountain to other realms. The Loon symbolizes a doorway or a portal to another world' a new stage or period of life.

Otter

Otter

The Otter is highly regarded in traditional Northwest coast Native culture. Its fur was highly prized and was worn by chiefs. It is a symbol of sociability, kindliness and good intent.

Raven

Raven

The RAVEN is known as the trickster because of his quick wit and sense of humor. He is curious and symbolizes creativity, prestige and knowledge.

Sun

Sun

The Sun symbolizes the father of mankind and is a creator symbol.

Wasgo

Wasgo

Wasgo is a supernatural sea-creature that is part wolf and whale. It is a common crest animal among the northern First Nations.