Totem Talk

Working With The Animal Totems




This group is for learning more about the multi-cultural indigenous stories, legends, myths, and lore from around the world that are associated with each of the animal totems.

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" In ages past, our old ones were the storytellers. This was the way things were passed along to the generations that followed. For this reason the aged people made it a point to remember every detail so they could relate it at a later time. They were the word and picture carriers making history and spirtual values alive and important. In recent times we have made our old ones think they are not so important. We spoof their stories and make them feel foolish. The truth is that we are ignorant of what is precious and how to 'a da li he li tse di -- appreciate age. Rigidity can creep in and set even the young mind if there are no soft memories, no laughter, no times too deep for tears. Age is grace -- a time too valuable to waste."

A Cherokee Feast of Days - Daily Meditations, Joyce Sequichie Hifler


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Feline Folklore 1 Reply

Feline Folkloreby Terri Windling "Puss in Boots" by Adrienne Segúr, © 1958 "Puss in Boots"by Adrienne Segúr, © 1958A friend of mine once dreamed that she was in the throes of giving birth — not an unusual dream for a woman to have, but in this case…Continue

Started by bridget orman. Last reply by Jen Dowdy May 13, 2014.

An Oto Legend - The Two-Legged Creature 1 Reply

An Oto Legend - The Two-Legged CreatureLong ago, when man…Continue

Tags: spirit, totem, guide, bear, stories

Started by Terri Benning. Last reply by Ponchet Véronique Feb 7, 2013.

Coyote and Firefly: How Firefly Got His Blinking Light 1 Reply

*I do not know the tribal nation from which this story comes, it was shared with me a long time ago and I just wanted to share with you. It's a great tale for little ones! …Continue

Tags: animal, totems, spirit, guides, power

Started by Terri Benning. Last reply by Ponchet Véronique Jan 22, 2013.

Grandmother's Creation Story ~ (Cree) 1 Reply

Grandmother's Creation Story~ (Cree)By Sharron John,…Continue

Started by Terri Benning. Last reply by Douglas (Spirit Bear) Neely Sep 2, 2012.

How The Deer Got His Horns ~ A Cherokee Legend 1 Reply

How The Deer Got His HornsA Cherokee LegendIn the beginning the…Continue

Tags: horns, how, Cherokee, deer, legends

Started by Terri Benning. Last reply by Douglas (Spirit Bear) Neely Mar 25, 2012.

Why The Chipmunk's Back Is Striped ~ A Blackfoot Legend

Why The Chipmunk's Back Is StripedA Blackfoot LegendWhat a…Continue

Tags: power, totem, animals, legends, stories

Started by Terri Benning Mar 24, 2012.

Turtle Gets A Shell ~An Anishnabe (Anishinabe) Legend

Turtle Gets A ShellAn Anishnabe (Anishinabe) LegendIt was one…Continue

Tags: power, totem, animal, Anishnabe, shell

Started by Terri Benning Mar 24, 2012.

The Call of the Owl

The Call of the Owl [Cherokee]Long ago in the Red Indian tribe of the Cherokees there was a widow who had a very beautiful daughter. When the girl was old enough to marry, her mother took her aside."It's time, my child, to find yourself a husband,"…Continue

Started by bridget orman Feb 24, 2012.

"The Beginning Life of the Hummingbird"

"The Beginning Life of the Hummingbird" [Mbaya]Our First Father, the absolute, grew from within the original darkness.The sacred soles of his feet and his small round standing-place, these he created as he grew from within the original darkness.The…Continue

Started by bridget orman Feb 24, 2012.


Butterflies [Papago]One day the Creator was resting, sitting, watching some children at play in a village. The children laughed and sange, yet as he watched them, the Creator's heart was sad. He was thinking: "These children will grow old. Their…Continue

Started by bridget orman Feb 24, 2012.

Welcome to the site and to our new Totem Talk community! This site was created to provide a place for those who both love Arvel Bird's awesome music, as well as for those who may have an interest in learning more about their own personal animal totems, to gather, to learn and to meet new people and make new friends. To read the rest of this welcome message, and to learn how to use the site features, please click on the link provided below: Thank you, and best blessings to you!


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Comment by Kelly Johnson on June 8, 2010 at 9:21am
I love this site Terry...come winter I will be on the pc much more and devote more time to reading and looking things over...I am such an outdoor girl when the weather is nice...*smiling*...but I wanted to share that I just love this site you have did a phenominal job!
Comment by Terri Benning on May 12, 2010 at 3:30pm
Just for fun, and for reference, this is the picture I was thinking about using to replace the Raven picture yesterday. It has an eagle instead of a raven. I guess not, huh? ;-) Turns out I was right the first time. :-)

Comment by Terri Benning on May 12, 2010 at 3:05pm

WOW, I had no clue about this RAVEN story of the origin of the animals when I chose the RAVEN picture on the top header bar for the theme page design! I am definitely being guided in the creation of this site, for sure. How totally APPROPRIATE that it is the Raven who is featured on our new Totem Talk website. Amazing, simply ... Amazing! Just stumbled on this article today when I was adding this group to our site. How totally cool is that now, I have to ask you?! :-)

You know, I had considered changing it to an eagle, just yesterday in fact, but NOW I have been shown that the right animal totem is the RAVEN for this site after all. :-)

I really LOVE it when this kind of stuff happens. It happens all the time working with our animal totems in a conscious and intimate way. Even when we may not know something specific, they have a way of pointing us in the right direction, with the help of Great Spirit, of course. ;-)

This is why THIS group is so important to the site, so we can connect more consciously with what they are trying to show us!

Best blessings to you each today and every day. :-) Terri

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