Caribou are a major food source of the northern tribes, and similar to buffalo in the Great Plains, caribou are
especially honored by many tribes because they are believed to willingly sacrifice themselves to feed the people.
Among northern Athabaskan peoples, caribou symbolize the interconnectedness of life, and to the Chippewa and
Algonquin tribes, caribou represent watchfulness and perseverence.
Caribou are also used as clan animals in some Native American cultures. Tribes with
Caribou Clans include the Chippewa (whose Caribou Clan and its totem are called Adik)
and Alaskan Athabaskan tribes such as the Gwich'in, Tanana, and Koyukon.