Throughout history, man has used shields for protection in battle and for other means. Native Americans used them for warfare, but also utilized shields for personal and spiritual protection. Some imagery associated with animals became strong symbols for natives to identify with - these became their Totem Animal
My 5th graders enjoyed making their own totem shields based on animals that they had a connection with. Those who want to share, tell a quick story about their attraction to their totem animal or why that animal is their choice..