Native American tribes are numerous throughout our lands. Animal symbolism may vary from tribe to tribe. Following are some basic attributes of animals from beaver to bluebird.
Beavers are hard-working, diligent and industrious little critters. They are great builders and very ingenious. The dams they build in their colonies provide them with deep, still waters. This also protects them against predators for they have the deep waters to hide in. They are family oriented and train their young quickly to know the warning signals of tail slapping water. By their hard work, beavers keep water systems healthy and in good repair. The beaver is a key factor in an ecosystem. They create wetlands that are used by many other species. Next to humans, no other extant animal appears to do more to shape its landscape.
Symbolism: builder, creativity, family oriented, determined, strong-willed, protector
Bees are very important in the ecological system. They pollinate plants. It is estimated that one third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination, most of which is accomplished by bees. Bees live in colonies and are very organized, industrious workers. They are very productive and intelligent with an obsessive nature. Their colony and protection of it is top priority. They are obsessive in their work habits and determination to provide a good colony and protect it.
Symbolism: organized, industrial, productive, wise, community-minded, celebration of life, defensiveness, obsessive nature
Blackbirds live in wooded areas or gardens. They build neat little cup-shaped nests and line them with mud. They have a beautiful, rich melodious song. They are very territorial and where climate permits they stay in one territory year round. Blackbirds are very prolific and their population has not approached the endangered list in over ten years. They are very good seed dispersers and have an extensive range. Like most birds, they are very active and have a strong capacity for survival of the species.
Symbolism: insightful, vitality, harmony and balance with Mother Earth
Bluebirds like the open grasslands. They are cavity nesters, so, they like to be near areas with scattered trees. They are very territorial. They are also very prolific and produce from two to four broods during spring and summer. They are very cheerful birds even though their song seems melancholy. The male is very flamboyant and confident when choosing a mate. He chooses a good nesting site then goes into a showy performance of song and wing flapping. The female who accepts him builds the nest and incubates the eggs strictly on her own.
Symbolism: modesty, confidence, happiness