Native American Totems

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When the mighty Moose has chosen us to teach from its totem spirit we are given the lesson of self-esteem. Native Americans see this animal totem in the North direction of the Medicine Wheel.  Brother and Sister Moose join Buffalo in this place of wisdom. It is from the recognition of wisdom being used in a situation and that recognition is deserved that defines self-esteem as the medicine of Moose.

Moose has great strength and is the largest member of the deer family.  If you have ever heard the call of the male Moose on a spring night, you know what an awesome sound it is to hear. He is showing pride in his maleness and his desire to mate which in turn shows his sense of self-esteem. We can view the bugle of the Moose as a positive force because it is showing his eagerness to tell the world his feelings.

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The trait of “tell the world” embraces the joyfulness which comes with a sense of accomplishment. This trait is not a seeking of approval but comes from the knowing of a job well done and the enjoyment of sharing the joy.  Woven through this scenario is the wisdom that creation brings forth new ideas and Moose is telling us that our joy should be shouted out with pride. In other words, the bellowing is a way for us to lighten up and give ourselves and others a hearty well done.

People who have Moose medicine know when to use the gentleness of Deer and also when to create a stampede like Buffalo. Moose people understand the balance between giving orders to get things done and having the willingness to do things themselves.  We can think of a Grandfather Warrior who put away his war paint so many moons ago to now advise the young bucks as to when to cool their blood.

We find Moose medicine a lot in our Elders who have walked the Good Red Road and have experienced many things during that journey.  They find great joy in teaching the children and being the first to give encouragement which builds self-esteem. People who have the totem medicine of Moose know what to say, when to say it, and to whom.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related

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