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The Bee Symbol

The Native Bee Symbol or Totem, bees are known for their honesty and their willingness to serve the community above all. In Northwest Coastal Cultures, Bee Masks are often intended to be amusing during dances. The dancer with the Bee Mask would dance around and touch other dancers and people with their sharp barbs or stingers. The individuals that were stung by the bees during their dance would often be compensated for the stings, by receiving special small gifts that were given during the potlatches.

Native Art - The Bee Symbol

Spirits of the West Coast Native Art Gallery sells Bee Symbol prints, Native American Jewelry, Bee Native carvings, Bee ceremonial masks, gold and silver bracelets and bentwood boxes, all inspired by the Bee Symbol.


If you have any further information or stories with or about this Native American Symbol or totem and you would like to share them with our readers, please feel free to email them to us. If they are appropriate we will add them to this page. Thank you!