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DEER IN NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE AND SPIRITUALITY. ohDEER Agrees That Deer are Beautiful and Inspiring – and We are Also Committed to Keeping Them Off Your Property

Gourd rattle, with Native American deer totem symbol, handmade by artist Candy (image credit: SpeaksWithAncestors)

Gourd rattle, with Native American deer totem symbol, handmade by artist Candy (image credit: SpeaksWithAncestors)

Now in its ninth year in business, ohDEER is the leader in all natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

The success of ohDEER is owed to the effectiveness of our solutions and service, integrity, forthrightness, valued pricing – and a growing awareness of the importance of limiting chemicals and toxins into the environment.

Our corporate office is based just west of Boston, in Wayland, MA.   Out of our corporate location we service towns metropolitan Boston and Boston proper.

Our recently launched franchise business, is growing strong, with franchises – one each servicing the following geographic areas: Cape Cod; Martha’s Vineyard; Nantucket; Southeastern Massachusetts; Eastern Long Island, NY; and Central New Jersey.

Now, while ohDEER recognizes nemeses in deer, mosquitoes, and ticks, we also admire and hold a soft spot for deer – beautiful and elegant creatures.

In Native American culture, certain animals – including deer – were totem animals; they symbolic, and hold helpful spiritual energy, and even lessons, with which people can connect, and with which they can be attuned.

Native American deer symbol (image credit: emblibrary.com)

Native American deer symbol (image credit: emblibrary.com)

Deer, of course, were critical resources for survival for the First People of this land – for deer meat provided food, and hides were used for clothing and shelter.

Members of the Wampanoag tribe brought five deer to the first Thanksgiving celebration.

Following is an excerpt from the page, Native American Legends: Native American Totem Animals & Their Meanings, at the Legends Of America website:

“Native beliefs … explain that 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 the totem animal that acts as the main guide spirit.

With this one animal a connection is shared, either through interest in the animal, characteristics, dreams, or other interaction.”

And different animals hold different meanings – and transmit different messages and different symbolically.

Below, excerpt from the section, Deer Spirit Animal, written by Elena Harris, at the Spirit Animals & Animal Totems website, are meanings of the deer totem:

  • Gentleness
  • Ability to move through life and obstacles with grace
  • Being in touch with inner child, innocence
  • Being sensitive and intuitive
  • Vigilance, ability to change directions quickly
  • Magical ability to regenerate, being in touch with life’s mysteries

Please click here to be taken to the full Deer Spirit Animal page.

Native Americans knew, and know, well the deer – and shared with the animal a bond of energy and spirit.

We at ohDEER also appreciate deer.   They hold for us wonder, and present beauty and elegance.

We will make sure, however, that they stay off your lawn, and aren’t making a meal of any of your shrubs or plants.