In our Saanich culture, Bluejay was once a woman, who in her human form, used to toil hard every year and put preserves away.
She would collect berries for the winter. Week after week, you would see her amongst the bushes or in the forest, her back bent over, her baskets full, her hands stained blue. She was well known amongst her people for being a very very hard worker with a home that reflected her good deeds, one that was tidy, sorted, and well swept.
The Creator, saw her as the perfect example to her people. As a reminder to work hard, to show respect, to practice cleanliness and reverence. One Autumn, her blue hands turned into the indigo wings of a Blue Jay.
This time of the year, after the autumn equinox, is a special time of the year. You literally look down at your hands and see for yourself if you have worked hard.
The bluejay's call to us each Fall and says in shrill voice, "Are you ready? Are you ready for winter? Have you prepared for the cold season ahead?"
She's like a messenger. Heed her warning, to always do your best.