Have you ever noticed a connection you may have with one or more of a specific animal as opposed to others? Some people find rabbits, for example, incredibly cute and endearing. Because of their appreciation of them, they may find themselves collecting rabbit and bunny figurines, photos, or paintings. Some are intrigued with wolves, owls or raccoons. Who is to say why? Some folks believe the draw is due to some previous life experience, or perhaps a subconscious similarity between personalities. Many Native American tribes views specific animals in a different light, giving them virtues or other meanings. Carve Me A Bear! Chainsaw Carvings would to share just a few animals common to Native American Tribes, concerning their attributes and a brief account of the legend centered on them.
Chainsaw Carved Wolves
The wolf is considered to be a medicine being, correlating courage, strength, loyalty, and hunting achievements. In some tribes, wolves are thought to be related to man, in being that their ancestors were once wolves that transformed into man. But in nearly every tribe, wolves are predominantly respected and honored. A common Cherokee Wolf tale is about the 2 wolves battling inside every man. One wolf is dark, consumed with greed, jealousy, anger, resentment, and evil intent. The second is light, bringing joy, peace, happiness, generosity, compassion and connected to goodness. A grandfather cautioned his grandson about these 2 wolves fighting within the heart and soul of every man. The grandson would ask, “Which wolf will win?” Grandfather merely answered, “The one you feed.”
A dominating religious figure in most Native American tribes, eagles are associated with medicine and are deemed to have magical powers most impressive to the people. “When the eagle returns, we will again be a great nation.” Jonas Shawandase, Tribal Elder 1950
Chainsaw Carved Wooden Bears
Bears symbolize strength and wisdom and are a religious figure with impressive magical powers. Because bears will often continue fighting after sustaining injuries, they were also associated with healing and medicine. Bears are fierce protectors of their children, and Native American tribes revere them protectors. Some tribes include them to be god-like, and if a bear causes someone harm, it is a just and the person must have been behaving improperly.
Being the number one food source, buffaloes played an important role unto many tribes, but especially to the tribes inhabiting the plains. Before modern guns and weapons, buffaloes were difficult to hunt, and prayers, dances and rituals would transpire before the hunt. Being so difficult to kill, it was often believed that a buffalo would offer its life to sustain the tribe, thus buffaloes were greatly honored and revered. The story of the white buffalo: One summer a long time ago, the seven sacred council fires of the Lakota Sioux came together and camped. That summer, the sun was intense, and the people were starving, there hadn’t been any game to hunt. However, on day two, young men went out to hunt in the Black Hills of South Dakota. During their travels, it is said that a beautiful young woman dressed in white appeared to the warriors and said, “Return to your people and tell them I am coming.” This holy woman presented the Lakota people with the sacred pipe which showed the connection in all things. She came to the Lakota people and the mysteries of the earth. She would teach them to pray and follow the path while on earth. Before the woman left the tribe, she rolled upon the earth four times, changing color each time and finally, she transformed into a white buffalo calf. Then she quietly disappeared. As she exited, great herds of buffalo could be seen engulfing the camps. It is said that after that day, when the Lakota people honored their pipe gifted to them from the holy woman, the buffalo would be plentiful.
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