Category Archives: Animals

Snake: Its Meaning & History in Native Culture

Snake: Its Meaning & History in Native Culture

Snakes figure prominently in Native American culture. In the Ojibwa and Pueblo tribes, the ability of snakes to shed their skins associated them with fertility and new life. The Hopi people see the snake as deeply connected to the underworld. As part of the annual snake dance, participants release snakes so that they can deliver requests… Continue Reading

The Lizard in Native American Culture

The Lizard in Native American Culture

Walking along desert trails, hikers may see small animals scurrying away as they approach. Lizards live in many regions of North America. However, since they are cold-blooded reptiles, the largest number are found in the southern regions where the climate is warm for most of the year. Lizards are especially prevalent in the desert southwest… Continue Reading