Bear is a dominant crest symbol. Bears are closely related to humans especially when standing on their hind legs, bridging the human and non-human realms. Their strength and intelligence are universally respected and they are considered to be helping spirits of warriors. Bear is often depicted with a short snout, round paws, stubby tail and bared teeth.
Thunderbird is the illustrious ancestor and crest of many prominent lineages. Large enough to hunt whales, the Thunderbird is a powerful being in traditions throughout the Northwest Coast. It is often depicted with a sharply hooked beak and large ears or horns.