Different Perspectives: Native American Owl Wisdom

by E.W.

One Owl, Many Symbolic Meanings

One Owl, Many Symbolic Meanings

The following is an interesting Q&A about different ways a symbolic meaning can be approached. In this example, Native American views on Owl meaning is discussed.
I'm not sure where you get your information but you describe owls as being sacred to native culture for their wisdom. Please do a little more research as we associate them mostly with death and bad omens. I don't know a single native person who doesn't see them in a negative way. I don't care what you do with your site but it seems like you need to research a little more thoroughly. Thanks.

Avia's Response to
"Different Perspectives: Native American Owl Wisdom"

Hi E.W.,
Thanks for your email and observations.

As far as research goes, my Native sources are mostly Pawnee and Haudenosaunees. That is to say, I have connections with these Native traditions who are alive and happy to offer suggestions on my articles. I'm also in connection with non-physical tribes who offer insight. Additionally, I have a list of resources for research here: http://www.whats-your-sign.com/resources.html

I really appreciate your call to attention about the Owl. I know very well about its connotations of transitioning into non-physical (so-called 'death'). Did you know many Native American tribes considered transition from earthly life into non-physical/spiritual life one of the grandest evolutions of enlightenment (wisdom)? Furthermore, Native American Plains tribes attribute protection to the Owl. Specifically, protection in the after-life, which Anglo translations lead to Owl's connection with 'death'.

I make it pretty clear that the research/data I mine through is told through my eyes/experience. I never claimed to be an encyclopedia. In my experience, the Owl represents a far greater depth than a pat answer of "death".

I find my audience appreciates a deeper, philosophical view. I love that. I also love symbolism for allowing me to take insights to a more expansive level. In many human perspectives, "death" represents finality. That's not what it's about. That's not the truth of it. All Native American resources I've consulted recognize this. They also recognize that language can be both powerful and destructive. So, writing a statement like "Owl means death" is simply a place I will never go with my readership.

Whats-Your-Sign.com is not (exclusively) a fact machine. I've approached this body of work as a soul machine. A vehicle in which ideas, interpretations, and yes, historical research is presented with no strings attached. The reader can consume it and soulfully digest if he or she chooses. The reader can also click out and ignore it completely. I think that's part of the beauty of it. I'm not selling a doctrine or belief system. Merely expressing how symbolic meanings are endlessly variable depending upon the eyes and hearts of the beholder.

Here's an article about my position on how I present symbolic meanings, if you're interested: "Want the Bad News? It's Not Coming From Me."

Thanks again, E.W., for your welcomed opinions and observations. I really appreciate the feedback, and honor your position.

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