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American Zodiac by VonBingen American Zodiac by VonBingen
More tomfoolery. I took the idea of the Chinese zodiac and substituted animals native to the Americas.

Rat = Guinea Pig
Ox = Buffalo
Tiger = Jaguar
Rabbit = Jackrabbit
Dragon = Thunder Bird
Snake = Rattlesnake
Horse = Llama
Sheep = Vicuna
Monkey = Capuchin
Rooster = Turkey
Dog = Coyote
Pig = Capybara

This is not, I repeat, NOT an attempt to make a Native American zodiac, even though I used a medicine wheel motif for the inner circle. I just thought it looked cool.

Happy year of the Jaguar!
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jabriellakr8 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018
Interesting. These are the actual dates & animals believed to be in the Native American Zodiac...

Goose
December 22 - January 19

Otter
January 20 - February 18

Wolf
February 19 - March 20

Hawk
March 21- April 19

Beaver
April 4 - May 20

Elk
May 21 - June 20

Woodpecker
June 21 - July 19

Salmon
July 20- August 21

Bear
August 22 - September 21

Raven
September 22- October 22

Snake
October 23 - November 22

Owl
November 23 - December 21

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DOSHLORD Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd be the thunderbird haha, though according to the actual aztec/American zodiac I'm Jaguar.
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infinity133 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
This is an awesome idea. I'm a jaguar. Why not use a peccary as a replacement for the bore?
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cutipie6 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Impressive, I'm looking over and I was born in the year of the coyote.
so if I'm correct, we are now in the year of the Llama?
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hansasandwich Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
vov im a thunder bird? 
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VonBingen Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
So it would seem. :)
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hansasandwich Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
0u0 woot im special. my zodiacs: aries, hawk, dragon, and... thunderbird. woop. :D
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VonBingen Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Hey, that *is* pretty cool. Seems you got all the badass signs. Congrats! :D
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hansasandwich Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
0u0 ty Headbang! 
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MAKATAKO Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I'm Dragón = Thunder Bird, yeahh! :)
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NODOGAN Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
dangit¡ a monkey by chinese, and a capuchin here? T.T always some primate, thought awesome idea substituing the dragon for a thunder bird XD
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VonBingen Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Lol, sorry about that! I couldn't help it, capuchins are just soooo cuuuute. :) And thank you so much!
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Ketutar Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You made me into a turkey! Yikes!
And you could have made the rat into something more intelligent and agile creature than a guinea pig. For example a raccoon or opossum. Virginia opossums even look like rats.
But it's very nicely done.
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VonBingen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
A possum would probably have been a better choice, now that you mention it. To be honest, I hadn't even thought of it. We have possums where I live in California, too. Nasty little reptilian things, all hissy and bitey. They're a lot more rat-like than guinea pigs, though, to be sure. If I ever re-do this, I may very well switch that one up. Thanks for the suggestion! :)

And sorry you had to be a turkey. I think turkeys are cute, though, if a bit dull. ;)
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forty-two-point-five Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, what a cool idea!! :la:
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Petit-Hibou Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a buffalo, although thunder bird sounds awesome. ^.^
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Syric-crys Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
I'm a llama... O.o thats new
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LazyLimeA-Goo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Interesting! Very neat take on the zodiac.... I especially like the Capybara in place of the Pig, haha. The Thunder Bird is also cool :D

Yay for year of the Turkey!! :la: This year's Thanksgiving will certainly be....interesting. :XD:
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Skooterwolf Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
Cooooooooooooooooooool! =D
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Pitafish Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
This is quite creative. I applaud you.

I'm a Vicuña.
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VonBingen Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Thank you! :D The vicuna are the sweetest of heavenly creatures, with the most wonderfully soft wool in the world. I applaud *you*. :)
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Cocho Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, nice interpretation of the Chiniese zodiac. The animals are illustrated nicely.

The thunderbird definitely stands out the most. Did you base the design off of Native American lore?
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VonBingen Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Thank you! :D

I acutally designed Thunderbird by drawing the outline of an eagle and filling in with design motifs common to Northwestern Native American art, such as those found in Tlingit works. Being fully aware that I did not understand the significance of the various motifs and color patterns, I just had fun with it and took a lot of liberties. But then, I wasn't trying to make Native American art, but rather to depict a mythical being in a fun and creative way.

Thanks so much for the fave!
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IcyPheonix Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Student General Artist
:p I'm a Vicuna.
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VonBingen Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
Then you have the softest (and most expensive) wool of anything known to man. Oh, to knit with Vicuna wool. It would be heavenly.

Thanks for the fave! :D
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vampiricnights Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist
awesome! i love all the little animals!

hooray for year of the Thunder Bird! :la:
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VonBingen Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Thanks for the fave! :D I'm glad you like the way Thunder Bird turned out, especially since he stands out so much from the other animals. Thank you!
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