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BC: First Nations Art Wolf Raven Heron Whale Hummingbird The Thunderbird And The Orca Halibut Salmon Eagle

FC: First Nations Art By Jacob Eaton

1: The Story of Ogopogo BEAVER Creative, Artistic and Determined BEAR Strength, Learned Humility, Motherhood, Teaching BUMBLEBEE Honesty, Pure Thinking - Willingness and Drive COPPER Wealth and Prestige DOGFISH Persistence and Strength - A Born Leader DOVE Love, Gentleness and Kindness DRAGON FLY Ever-changing Life EAGLE Great Strength, Leadership and Prestige 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 MOON Protector and Guardian of the Earth by Night OTTER Trusting, Inquisitive and Bright - Loyal Friendship OWL Wisdom RAVEN Creation & Knowledge - Bringer of the Light SALMON Dependability and Renewal - A Provider SEAL Bright, Inquisitive, Organized SUN Healing Energy, Guardian of the Earth by Day THUNDERBIRD Powerful & Mystical - A Leader WOLF Intelligence & Leadership - Strong Sense of Family

2: Ogopogo The beginning of the legend of Ogopogo is unknown. Native Americans in BC tell a tale of a demon-possessed man who killed another known as Old Kan-He-K (Lake Okanagan where Ogopogo lives was named in his honor). As punishment, the Creator transformed the killer into a lake serpent, trapped at the scene of the crime forever. The serpent was named N'HA A ITK, or Lake Demon. Recorded sightings of Ogopogo go back to the early 1800s. He is said to have a snake-like body 15-70 feet long, 2-5 feet in diameter and dark green skin. His head resembles a horse or goat with a beard. In 1926, the Canadian government announced a ferry line built for travel across the lake would be equipped with monster-repelling devices.

3: The creature is most often described as being one to two feet in diameter with a length of 15 to 20 feet. The head has been described variously as being horse or goat-like. One oft-mentioned characteristic of the monster is its resemblance to a log.

6: Bear

7: Bumblebee

8: Copper

9: Dogfish

10: Dove

12: Dragonfly In the legends of many North American First Nations, dragonflies carry the spirits of the dead. They share the butterfly’s symbolism of immortality and rebirth. Dragonflies are thought to parallel people as both come out of the water at birth and neither can go back to being a water baby. Dragonfly is a symbol of an ever changing spirit, able to see through life's illusions provoking deep thought and compassion. To the zuni people the dragonfly symbolizes whirlwind, swiftness and activity. A Dragonfly's wings are transparent leading the people of the First Nations to belive that change can be an illusion. A Dragonfly is also symbolic of everchanging life.

14: Eagle

15: Frog

16: Halibut

17: Hawk

18: Heron

19: hummingbird

20: Killer Whale

21: Kingfisher

22: loon

23: Moon

24: otter

25: Owl

26: Raven The Raven has a number of integral roles in tribal history for the people of the First Nations. The raven is featured on totems, masks, prints, sculpture and jewelry. It is believed to have played a vital role in the creation of the world and the first men,>a role that is repeatedly featured in its artistic depictions. One story, told by the people of the Haida, says that he found a giant clamshell on an abandoned beach; and from that clamshell came the first men. The Raven is an ambiguous creature in First Nations mythology. He is often represented as a trickster as well as a creator, using his smooth tongue and quick mind to cause trouble among the tribes. One story, told by the Tsimishian, tells the tale of how the Raven tricked a tribal chief along the Nass River and gave light to the world. Raven transformed itself into a spruce needle and fell into the water that the chief's daughter was drinking. He impregnated her,When raven was born in his human form he stole the box that contained the light. He then transformed into his original shape and flew away. Whether their role in mythology was that of respectability or trickery, power or cunning, The Raven plays an essential role in the history of the people of these tribes.

27: Raven has historically been the seen as an Omen; a bird of death, of mysticism and of magic. Raven is the messenger of magic from the great void where all knowledge waits for us. He is also the symbol of changes in consciousness, of levels of awareness and of perception. He carries the mark of the shape-shifter, and carries healing energy from great distances.

28: Salmon

30: Seal

31: Sun

32: Thunderbird The Thunderbird and the Orca Life along the Cowichan River was good for the Cowichan People. The Cowichan Bay, and Sansum Narrows was full of octopus, crabs, seals, and sea urchins, the beaches were full of clams, and oysters. The mountains were bountiful with wild animals, berries, herbs, and roots. The Cowichan and Koksilah Rivers were rich with salmon, trout, and steelhead. However, there was one time in the history of the Cowichan people when the rivers went silent from the sounds of salmon splashing up the rivers. The Cowichan people realized that there was something wrong; there was absolutely no salmon in the Cowichan and Koksilah river system. The people gathered along the shores, and then worked their way down to the mouth of the Rivers trying to find the cause. At the mouth of the river they discovered the cause of the disappearing salmon; to their horror a Supernatural Killer Whale was at the mouth of the Cowichan River, and the salmon were all being mercilessly eaten. The Cowichan people paddled their huge War Canoes out to the Orca; banging on the sides of their canoes, trying to rid their waters of this mighty creature; but try as they might, they were unable to drive this skilled ocean predator from their home waters.The Medicine people of all the Cowichan Villages joined together to call upon the powerful support of a Supernatural creature known as Tzinquaw (The Thunderbird).

33: For four days and four nights the people sang their most ancestral spiritual songs to the Thunderbird, and soon the Thunderbird appeared, and quickly started a fierce battle with the Orca in the skies above St. Ann’s field. The Thunderbird was victorious and the salmon run was saved. The respect of the traditional lands, the animals, the fish, and the Supernatural has always been a way of life for all Indigenous Native Indian people. A Thunderbird Is symbolic of being powerful, mystical, and a good leader. It is said that when a thunderbird flaps its wings it creates thunder, and that a thunderbird produces sheet lightning when it blinks. Also it is said that individual lightning bolts are glowing snakes it carries around with it.

34: Wolf At one point in time, all wolves were white. Every-single-one. There wasn't another color. One wolf was named Tala. Tala hated the color white and decided to be another color. She went to the nearby Native American village, snuck in quietly, and stole a pot of red paint. When she found an open area, she dumped it on the ground to make a puddle. She rolled in the puddle until she was red all over. Then she went to the river to look at her reflection and see her knew color. When she got to the river, she frowned. "I look horrible in this color," she said. "Red is not my color." So she went back to the Native American village and stole a pot of yellow paint. Tala went back to the open area and dumped the pot on the ground and rolled until she was yellow all over. She went to the river to see the results. She frowned. "I look a dead leaf in autumn," she grumbled. "Yellow is not my color." Again she went to Native American village a stole a pot of green paint. Then she walked to the open area, dumped the pot of paint on the ground and rolled in it. Again, Tala went to the river. Her reflection did not make her happy. "I look like a rotting fruit," Tala complained. "Green is not my color." She went back to the Native American village and stole a pot of blue paint. She dumped it on the open area and rolled in it until every inch of her fur was covered in blue paint. She went to the river and sat down shaking her head. I look like a night sky," she said. The she asked the river, " River, will you wash the paint off my fur?" "Certainly", said the river. Tala jumped into the river and rolled until she was clean. "Thank you, River," she said. The River chuckled. "But you did not get all the paint off. All those colors mixed to make gray. You're whole back is covered in gray paint." "Oh, well," Tala grumbled. "It's better than white."

35: A grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said, "I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one." The grandson asked him, "Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?" The grandfather answered: "The one I feed." First Nations Story A wolf is symbolic of being intelligent, having good Leadership skills, and a strong sense of family. The White Wolf is symbolic of being holy and pure. The White Wolf as your Totem indicates that you have a loyal and powerful Guardian and Protector around you at all times.

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  • Title: First Nations Art
  • Guide to Symbolic Art of the First Nations People. Each entry has it's legend, and a coupkle pictures. and some facts.
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  • Started: almost 7 years ago
  • Updated: almost 7 years ago