The BEAR is known for its human-like qualities and caring for family. The Bear is a symbol of strength, power and honor.
The DRAGONFLY symbolizes diligence, hard work and perseverance.
This is a popular crest among the northern Northwest coast Indigenous tribes and plays an important role in traditional culture.
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.
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.
The OWL symbolizes wisdom, long life and one who gives advice.
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.
The THUNDERBIRD is the most powerful of all mythical creatures, and symbolizes personal power and a link to the spirit world.
The Butterfly represents freedom and spirituality.
The EAGLE is revered for its beauty, regal nature and signifies peace, spirituality and friendship.
The HAWK is recognizable by its hooked beak, and is known for its keen eyesight which symbolizes vision and judgment.
The Orca and the Killerwhale are terms for the same animal, and is a crest belonging to high ranking families on the Northwest coast.
The ORCA is the Lord of the Ocean and the most respected of all sea creatures. The Orca symbolize s wealth and long life.
The Puffin was highly regarded in traditional culture. It was rare and was used to adorn chief’s ceremonial regalia.
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.
Wasgo is a supernatural sea-creature that is part wolf and whale. It is a common crest animal among the northern First Nations.
The crow is a helper animal in the traditional stories.
The FROG is a symbol of innocence, stability and communication. It is known as a bringer knowledge and wealth.
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.
In the traditional stories the Loon takes the hero on his back and takes him under the water to the undersea kingdom, or under a mountain to the lands on the other side. He represents a transporter to other realms or supernatural worlds.
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.
The Sun symbolizes the father of mankind and is a creator symbol.
The WOLF is known for its association with spiritual power. It is a symbol of family, unity and spirituality.