The Element of the Turtle Clan is Earth. The Medicine of Turtle is “Mother Earth.” The people of this clan tend to be brave, loyal, and stubborn. They will also be methodical and practical. Turtle people have determination but they take things one step at a time. Some tend to be hard as rocks and need to work on this aspect. Turtle Clan people personify roots, growth and stability much like the Earth does. They are not comfortable unless they go to natural places frequently. In fact, doing so revitalizes them. Turtle Clan people are connected to the rocks. They need to be around rock formations and need to have rocks about them in their homes. The rocks will speak to them, if they listen. Turtle Clan people must be careful to not become too much like the rocks ( inflexible). This Clan has a responsibility to the Earth Mother and must take the time to appreciate her for all she has provided. They must remind others of the bountiful things she provides to life itself.
The birth totems that belong to the Turtle Clan are Beaver, Brown Bear, and Snow Goose. These souls focus on the tasks at hand with the determination and perseverance of one with a true Mission. They have an instinctive desire to connect to Earth Mother. Consider Sister Turtle as she walks along at a slow and steady pace. She has no worry for shelter, she carriers her home on her back. She has no concern of how fast she travels on the Path. She knows that she will arrive where she is going exactly when she was meant to. She doesn’t fear attack from predators as she knows that the armor like covering of her shell will protect her from all threats. This is the Blessing of being born of the Turtle.
~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related