Sky Realm Bird Totems

Thunderbirds & Eagles

kwakiutl pole thunderbird Sky Realm characters primarily include Thunder birds, eagles and ravens. This section contains a mixture of bird creatures that actually appear on authentic totem poles and whimsical creatures just for fun.

The Thunderbird is considered to be the Grand lord of the Sky Realm. The Thunderbird can appear invisible and manifest as a great wind or storm. When Thunder birds battle in the sky realm, humans hear thunder and see lightning in the sky. Thunder birds can transform themselves into human form as great eagle chiefs to attend dance ceremonies with people.

Ravens are powerful, ever-transforming tricksters. Ravens always appear hungry, compulsive, corrupt and deceptive, yet they seem always to be able to trick and deceive themselves out of trouble. Ravens can transform into fearsome cannibalistic creatures called Hok Hok who can pluck out the eyes of their enemies.

Birds play a big part in totem pole stories and creation. The birds in this section are a mixture of creatures that actually appear on authentic totem poles and whimsical creatures just for fun.

Color Book Totem Pole Birds

Mythological meanings are commonly attributed to the birds, fish, animals, people and other mythological creatures used in Western tribal arts. Meanings may differ between tribes.

thunderbird with bear on chest totem

Because totem pole traditions involve stories of clans and families, this can be a good family reunion project especially for grand parents to accompany discussions about family histories.

Children can trace the totem pole patterns onto multicolored foam sheets or colorful felt cloth to create soft totems and ethnic theme masks. Create treasured gifts and family heirlooms to hand down to future generations with needlework and embroidery on pillows or tapestry.

Make beautiful eye-catching stunning and colorful sun catchers for the windows. Save the images to your computer and pre-color the images to print onto window decal, magnet sheets and iron-on transfer "paper" or material which is available at any office supply store. Children will enjoy decorating the windows of the home or car with easily removable and transparent window decals. Make Thunderbird and Grizzly Bear and other character magnet totem tokens for children to trade and share.

Print and color these totem characters with Crayola Crayons or Magic markers. Laminate your favorite paper decorations to make permanent or long-lasting ornaments that can be used as unique gifts for relatives and friends.