In Native American Indian lore, the raven symbolizes metamorphosis, change or transformation. Some tribes consider the raven a trickster because of these attributes, and holy men often call upon ravens in rituals to clarify visions that are difficult to understand.
Native Americans also believe that ravens bring messages from the cosmos and deliver those messages to those in the tribe who are worthy enough to receive them. In addition, ravens are thought to help people find answers to thoughts that they are unable to face. It is believed that ravens help to expose these secrets to help a person begin the process of healing from their effects.