Strength, Courage, Fairness, Introspection

The symbol of strength and possessing many human qualities, the bear is a high ranking figure. The Haida believe that some of their animal totem symbols could transform from animal form to human form and back at will.

One of the most well known native legends is that of a woman who was abducted by a bear. Eventually, she married the bear and gave birth to twin cubs who, in human form, grew up to become powerful chiefs.

Art Credit – Fred Croydon