According to various Native American cultures, the deer had the qualities of gentleness in touch and manner that was calming to the soul. It represented the ability to listen, and reflected appreciation for beauty and balance. In prudence, it understood what it needed to survive, and maintained a grateful attitude. Deer were viewed as selfless and were believed to sacrifice themselves for a greater good. When hunters would go hunting, they would pray to the deer beforehand, promising to not be greedy, and vowing to take only what was necessary for the survival of the tribe.