About Bird Shamanism

Bird shamanism is rooted in the ancient, shamanic practices we learned thousands of years ago from our paleolithic human ancestors who lived in the northern, circumpolar regions of Europe, Asia, Siberia and North America too. Bird shamanism ways are inherent within the living blood memory of all people. Our human shaman genes have never gone away.

In the old Siberian belief a shaman is “One who knows.” A shaman knows because they commune with “the spirits” for helpful answers. It's the spirits that inform and guide the shaman. The human role of the shaman is ancient. Anthropologists have found evidence in the form of eagle talon necklaces that even the Neanderthals were practising bird shamanism over 130,000 years ago. And swan bones at archaeological sites may reveal that bird shamanism is close to 400,000 years old!

Because of the avian abilities of a bird to be free the air and fly in the sky, birds became a natural way to visualize the inner essence of our human spirit. In a symbolic way, shamans embodied the flight ability of a bird to reach the various levels and worlds our ancestors believed could be accessed though “spiritual flight.” For example, around 15,000 years ago shamans did spirit flights aided by a wooden “sky pole” aimed directly at the north star which, at that time, was in the Bird/Swan constellation of Cygnus in the Milky Way which was once called “The Bird’s Path”. This ancient ceremony is still practised in bird shamanism today. Of course bird shamanism embraces all kinds of avian “fliers” such as songbirds, woodpeckers, ravens, vultures, eagles, hawks, falcons, herons, cranes, geese and swans. It also embraces the spirits of the many animals that live outside in nature. That’s why we work outside.

So, a shaman is simply “a person who works with the spirits” of the natural world. In addition to the spirits of places, plants birds and animals these spirits also include working with ancestor spirits to get answers, help and guidance. By intentionally embarking on a spirit flight, or shamanic journey, a shaman willingly accesses the spirit world intending to obtain knowledge, guidance and wisdom. The knowledge attained is then applied to normal life for the benefit of a person, family or community. Shamans have always had direct access to the land – and therefore to the spirits of the land – like rocks, stones, plants, trees, wild birds and animals, the natural elements and the weather. At spiritual places outdoors shamans can also access the benevolent spirits of our recent or most distant human ancestors known as The Old Ones.

Shamans work with old human archetypes to empower people emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally. For example, the best medicine for a “low like a snake” emotional state is a “high like a bird” spiritual state. When a person is lost and struggling often they don’t even believe they have a spiritual state strong enough to assist them. In this case it’s critical to aid people to find their own inner spirit so they can use it to help guide themselves upon their own path. Simply stated, a person’s empowered spiritual state – the Great Bird within – is used as good medicine to shapeshift their emotional state. The shaman helps with all of this and soon people come to see they are personally responsible to maintain their own inner spirit.

In the Madawaska Highlands of Ontario (Algonquin Territory) a shaman was often a birdman type of “medicine person” called a thunderbird. A thunderbird in human form is essentially a bird shaman. Bird shamanism often involves using a stone thunderbird nest or a shaman’s nest. Here we work with the spirits of stones, plants, trees, animals, birds, elements, weather and ancestors in a spiritual manner to gain guidance to aid us in everyday life. Such guidance helps people to grow, heal and get better often by removing unnecessary and unwanted negativity. A shaman’s primary purpose is to help improve a situation including a person’s overall state of wellness and well-being. Shaman's help people to explore, repair, fix and heal their emotional, physical, spiritual, mental and central worlds upon the Path of Life. 

As a shaman I know the work and practices I do will help you to change for the better. My bird shamanism work helps you to see, understand, accept, embrace and regularly utilize the truly wonderful, positive power of the Great Bird you already have within you – your very own spirit! In our current consumer age of materialistic culture, mental stresses, mobile phone use, radio waves, technological pressure, climate change and a drastic disconnection from nature I hope you will come to see your time to fly high is critical to embrace to be well here on Earth. I'm just a way to help.