Wild Boar In Native American Culture

The wild boar was introduced in North America during the 1500s. Although historically the boar did not play a large cultural role, it still managed to achieve minimal influence in Native American cultures. As a way to frighten and intimidate their enemies, Native Americans made war masks in the likeness of the wild boar 1. Boars can also be found represented on some Native American totems. Boar totems were considered very powerful and symbolized prosperity, spiritual strength, organization, self-reliance, and fearlessness 2.


  • 1 - Karbani, Zahir. "The Wild Boar Totem". Ancient Keris, 16 June 2006, n.d. <link>
  • 2 - "Native American Totems and Their Meanings." Legends of America, n.d. <link>