Each individual is connected with nine different animals that will accompany each person through life, acting as guides. A totem animal is one that is with you for life, both in the physical and spiritual world. Though people may identify with different animal guides throughout their lifetimes, it is this one totem animal that acts as the main guardian spirit. This Animal Guide offers power and wisdom to the individual when they "communicate” with it, conveying their respect and trust.
Why do we call USA Turtle Island? Here is a lunar diagram of a turtle’s shell: thirteen moons on top center, surrounded by 28 days. Indigenous people worldwide, including the Cherokee, have used the turtle to keep track of time and to represent the mother earth crust upon which we live and gain our sustenance.
"Gayanashagowa" (Great Law of Peace) of the Iroquois (or Haudenosaunee) Six Nations (Oneida, Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga, the Seneca and Tuscarora) is the oral constitution whereby the Iroquois Confederacy was bound together. (America, northern continent)