Sky Realm characters primarily include Thunder birds, eagles and ravens. This section contains whimsical, just for the fun of it, bird characters children can use for constructing unique and personal totem poles. 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.
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, so make up new stories for your whimsical bird. The Blue Footed Boobie ,for instance could be the 'explorer bird' because it is a marine bird which was studied extensively by Charles Darwin. It is easily recognizable by its distinctive bright blue feet which is considered a very attractive feature in the wild world of Blue Footed Boobys. The Lyre bird with its delicate tail feathers are well-known for their ability to mock and mimic sounds in their habitat.
The birds in this section are a mixture of creatures that actually appear on authentic totem poles and whimsical creatures just for fun.
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.
Totem pole craft patterns and templates may be used for teaching children a variety of crafty skills. These coloring book patterns can easily be applied to scroll saw woodworking to make splendid wooden ornaments and decorations. Totem designs can just as easily be used for embroidery, needlepoint, crochet and other cloth artwork or make impressive-looking latch-hook rugs and wall hangings.
Use these images of common birds of the world to create your own unique mythology for your personalized totem pole. Print and color these pages to create your own unique totem poles.