2018 Reader Question 51 2018 Reader Question 51 published on June 25, 2018Read more posts by the author of 2018 Reader Question 51, KoryBing22 Comments on 2018 Reader Question 51 More totem animals! This one is very chill.
Wonder which tribe this Gila Monster totem would belong to?
Remind me because I can’t remember…is there only one totem per animal species, or are there a bunch of each? Do common animals, such as the fox, have more totems than rare or endangered creatures?
Are totems born of humans or of the animals they represent?
How long does an animal need to exist before it effectively earns a totem? Coywolves (wolf and coyote hybrid) are becoming much more common these days–is there a coywolf totem?
“is there only one totem per animal species, or are there a bunch of each?”
I want to second this question, and also add– we know that when the animal species as a whole is sickly, the respective totem becomes more infirm and closer to death themselves. But what happens if the totem is somehow hurt or killed? Does it have an impact on the animals themselves, or is another totem ‘born’ to take its place, or…?
Kory partly answered this question on the Discord.
There are more than one individual totem per species. This is also backed up by the fact that Eustace is referred to as “a” fox totem, not “the” fox totem.
Do gorillas get a totem? Can we see the mouse hummingbird griffin try to play borogove? What is the air speed of an unladen swallow?
He makes me think of Goanna from Ferngully, (Goanna’s a monitor lizard but w/e). Got that same cool look.
I wonder what an Afghan Hound would look like as a totem, would they have on something light and or sparse due to abundant hair, or think of the whole, less is best approach with a snood, maybe a vest and or something with pockets/pouches to carry things?
Can we see a badger and a European polecat? Would polecats be considered obnoxious neighbours by the others?
Are there swarm cryptids? Not insect cryptids, but an entire swarm of insects that move as a collective whole?
Ok, I’ll be honest. I just want to see the cast run from a swarm of BEEEEEEEEEEEEESSS!
Now I wanna see if Nicholas Cage or Oprah be that totem if only for the hilarity.
Isn’t that Bhadraksh guy a swarm of insects?
Bhadraksh is a drone in a colony of giant scarabs, so definitely not a swarm of insects.
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Sounds like Gavotte and her daughter Pavanne from Skin Horse‘s earlier strips. Gavotte would freaking LOVE to think of herself as a totem, and who’s to say she’s not? She very coyly refuses to speak of her origin.
> I just want to see the cast run from a swarm of BEEEEEEEEEEEEESSS!
I guess the best chance for that would be if they decide to prank the wrong guy (and happen to be successful beyond their expectations) … :-D
How common in the cryptid community is Tim’s belief that some/most half-human races come from humans messing around with magic?
THIS. THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER. DUUUUUUUDE! Thank you so much for answering my question! As for which tribe, well… I live in the range where Gila Monsters live (the Arizona part, anyway– the range extends over most of Mexico, too, which the idiot Great Wall Of Trump is going to screw up nine ways to Hell) and the largest local tribe is the Tohono O’odham. Hopi, Navajo and Apache are out of the range; the Gila River tribe is nominally right on the border so I’m not sure if I’d count it. The Hualapai is also a large tribe with a lot of territory that include the range of the Banded Gila Monster (the more common one that lives in half of AZ and more than half of Mexico is the Reticulate Gila Monster), but right where I live in Tucson we see the Reticulated GMs a LOT. I’ve only seen one myself out in the boonies, but I have friends living down near the Mexican border who’ve had them living and breeding on their property as a regular thing.
So, back to the question of which tribe… I’d say the Tohono O’odham, who were once known as the Papago and whose name means People of the Desert. I don’t know of any Gila Monster kachinas, but I’ve seen the beautiful pale-coral-and-black patterns used in some Tohono O’odham beadwork.
Thanks for that info ysabet.
I had no idea at all which tribe he might possibly belong to.
This one would REALLY look great in color!
How is the species of a totem determined? Like, if two totem animals decided to have a child, would the child be the same species as one of their parents, or could they be a different one? :o
That shirt. What a reference. I am disappointed in you all for not pointing that out earlier
I’m not convinced that this isn’t just a picture of a normal gila mknster in tiny pants, tee shirt and a Hey Arnold hat.
Can I have a chuckwalla totem? They’re the Best desert lizard ever and have a love for yellow flowers!