I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really REALLY cannot STAND the mentalities that run behind these stereotypes. It is SO difficult to recognize that not everybody is smart enough to realize that this whole mythical aura that surrounds the very little the average american knows about Natives is completely BOGUS and was created by hollywood to sell movies. It doesn't help that new-age freaks, mistaken for the "real thing" (which I am, reside on the Rez and all) who are probably chemically imbalanced in addition to several other social and mental disorders, add to the problem by parading around like the bunch of crazy idiots they are, calling themselves windfire, spiriteagle, roaring thunder, etc while claiming to have a nameless great great great Chippewa or cherokee or blackfoot grandmother who's family hid the truth of her indianess until this generation.
Nope. No spirit animals. And the purpose certain animals serve in our stories are about as significant "spiritually" to us as the Dove who carried the olive branch in the Bible is to Christians. At least my tribe, and most of the other tribes I know of anyways.
Edit: Foedadea/Boo, I have tried to be patient and understanding in the past. I give up and get discouraged every single day when people confront me with this kind of stuff...I have to deal with it often, no joke or exaggeration...people come to the reservation with cameras as if they are going to a zoo and treat the people LIVING here like staff at an exhibit...it just gets exhausting. Especially because they have been "driving through the reservation for a half an hour and can't find any" (seriously, this kind of stuff happens often) or they walk into the museum and get upset that there arent teepees and human remains out on display (or voice recordings of chief Seattle's famous speech, lol) then go on to pick apart the aspects of your being that appear to be "genuinely indian" such as your cheekbones or eyes. (I kid you not)...and then start talking about their cherokee grandma, and the connection they have always felt to mother earth, or the spirit of some chief that came to them in a vision...it just gets old
I think if I had a spirit animal it would be a barracuda
LIFE as a REAL native. Sorry I bursted your bubble and blew your self-validating fantasy. You're still "special" and "cool" and "spiritual" WITHOUT an "animal spirit guide"...just as I am and every other person in the world ;)
If you listen to the weirdos that answered above me, I will have lost ALL faith in the average non-native american and will stop even bothering with ANY of you as it seems you all want to ignore truth and engage in your fantasy instead. My people and I are HUMANS, in THIS era, with a VOICE.