Hawk Symbol

Native Indian Tribe

Meaning of the Hawk Symbol

Native American bird and animal symbols and totems are believed to represent the physical form of a spirit helper and guide. The hawk symbol is believed to represent a bringer of messages and warnings of change.
 

The Hawk Symbol - The Thunderer
The strength of the hawk symbol is also depicted as the Guardian and Protector of the Earth Mother and all her children. The hawk is believed to be in a  continuous fight, protecting people from the evil spirits of the air and is closely associated with forces such as rain, wind, thunder, and lightning and sometimes referred to as 'thunderers'. According to Iroquois legends and myths the 'Thunderer' was armed with a mighty bow and flaming arrows.

The Hawk Symbol - Red-tailed Hawk Feathers
The feathers of the Red-tailed Hawk are considered sacred to many Native Americans and, like the feathers of the Eagle, are sometimes used in religious ceremonies and rituals. For additional information refer to Power Animals. Red-tailed Hawk feathers adorned the regalia of many Native Americans including headdresses.

The Hawk Symbol - Mythology
Hawk Myth and Legend: In Cherokee mythology Tlanuwa was the name given to two giant raptors meaning the “Great Mythic Hawk” and was a variation of the Thunderbird and Piasa Bird myths found in other Native American tribes and cultures. Tlanuwa was said to live in the caves of a high cliff near the Little Tennessee River in Blount County. According to Cherokee legend, the Tlanuwa raptor was a monster that flew up and down the river in search of prey, carrying off  small children. In Lakota Sioux mythology, Cetan is the name of a hawk spirit associated with the east and the qualities of speed, dedication and good vision.

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