The Arrow Symbol

Native Indian Tribe

Meaning of the Arrow Symbol

The Bow and Arrow enabled the Indians to hunt the animals which would provide their food, clothing, weapons and tools. The bow and arrow were used by skilled hunters who held a pair of arrows in the left hand, which also held the bow, and held another arrow in his mouth.

A quiver with spare arrows hung from his shoulder. The Bow and arrow also allowed the Native Indian to defend his family in times of war.  The meaning of the Arrow symbol altered according to the way they were depicted.

Arrow Symbol

The meaning of the above single arrow indicated protection and defence. Arrows also signified direction, force, movement, power and direction of travel. When an arrow pointed to the left it meant warding off evil, pointing to the right meant protection and an arrow pointing down meant peace. Two arrows depicted together were the symbol for war.

Arrow Symbol

Two Arrows in different directions symbolised War

A bundle of five arrows represented one of the five founding tribes of the Iroquois League. One arrow could easily be broken, while a bundle of five arrows would remain strong. Crossed arrows were symbols of friendship. A broken arrow was a symbol of peace.

   

A Broken Arrow symbolised Peace

 

Crossed Arrows were the Symbol of Friendship

For more interesting facts and information refer to Bows and Arrows and How to make a Bow.

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