Finding Your Spirit Animal
Little Leaf, 4th Generation Elder of the North Peigan Tribe shares the secret to finding your spirit animal.
Have you ever had a dream so powerful and vivid that when you awoke you felt a little shaken? In First Nations culture, dreams like this are not coincidental nor are they a result of something you ate. Most of us brush it off and carry on with our day, minimally impacted. We scroll back through our Facebook feed and complete the latest quiz, “What natural disaster are you” or “who is your Facebook soulmate”? However, in First Nations culture, dreams serve as messages and can hold great meaning for those brave enough to listen to that inner voice they buried or are unwilling to face. However, things don’t stay buried, which is why these vivid dreams burn into your memory long after you awake. There are several settings in which your “inner voice” paints a picture while sleeping, and dreaming about animals is one way your subconscious speaks to you. In native culture, animals are sacred as they often serve as our teachers in a world full of chaos. But how does one find their “spirit animal” and once you do, how do you know what it is trying to tell you?
Unfortunately, finding this answer goes far beyond a Facebook survey and often requires work deeper than surface level quizzes. The answer to finding your spirit animal is a step by step process, starting by working within oneself.
Little Leaf, Head Interpreter at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump explains that it first starts with “walking your talk”. He explains that what you are dreaming can be covering what’s coming, what’s the past, what’s already here or where you are at. These dreams may be part of the path you are currently on and if you follow the path that you speak; it will open up for you.
Little Leaf or “Piita Piikoan” explains that when he was born, a blind man named Iron Shield’s gave him the name “Eagle Being” because the Eagle sees things nobody else can see. This spirit animal can enlighten him about things- today, tomorrow and into the near future.
So how do you find your spirit animal? You can’t. It finds you. All you can do is prepare for what is coming. When you get to that place where you walk your talk, the animal will come. This process is easier said than done and there is no social media survey at Head-Smashed-In to help you. However, there are elders that continue to share their experience and wisdom. They may not be able to help you with your animal; after all you choose the path you take. However, Head-Smashed-In is a spiritually powerful place and might be the start of a journey if you are interested in taking that first step.
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