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Originally Posted by Soaring Eagle View Post
Are you sure they are elk? Is that what your book says? Because from the photo I think they are caribou. That would give a slightly different symbolism.

Here is the NA symbolism for
caribou: Traveler, mobility, preference to be nomadic, adaptability to adversity
elk: Strength and agility, pride, majestic, independence, purification, strength, and nobility
deer: Compassion, peace, intellectual, gentle, caring, kind, subtlety, gracefulness, femininity, gentleness, innocence, and seller of adventure

taken from

As you say the old woman is inuit, and I think she may be, it would be more appropriate for a herd of caribou.
You are probably right on that one! Elk came to my mind, since my dad and friends do a lot of their Elk hunting up that way. Thanks for the clarification on that Soaring Eagle- especially given the idea of adaptability, which does make sense. Though I do like the idea of purification for the elk as well
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