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Animal Tracks...
Badger or Bear Paws
, (badger seen here --
longer claws) usually considered a way of
summoning the power of the animal spirit, or
as an indication of the presence of the spirit.
Badgers are revered as healing animals and as
tenacious hunters. Their tracks may signify
health and strength. Bear Paws/Tracks are
also symbols of authority and leadership.
Wolf Tracks
, or any other predators tracks
usually signify a direction rather than simply
the spirits presence. These also are a clan
short hand indication of kinship -- "wolf
clan", for example. Also symbols of authority
and leadership.
Deer Tracks
, are symbols of prosperity,
safety, shelter, and also of the proximity to
prey. Also used as a directional indicator, and
as a clan symbol.
Natural Forces and Objects...
Clouds, Rain and Lightning
, in addition to
representing themselves, are also important
symbols change, renewal and fertiltiy. Closely
related is snow, which is considered even more of
a blessing than rain.
The Morning Star
, brightest star on the horizon
at dawn, is considered an important spirit and is
honored as a kachina among most Pueblos. The
Plains and Great Basin people honor it as a sign of
courage and purity of spirit. The Ghost Dance
Religion used it as a symbol of the coming
renewal of tradition and resurrection of the heroes
of the past. Most other spirits are represented as
stars under some circumstances.