Native American symbols are geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs. The meaning of the horse symbol was to signify a journey, usually a journey home. The Native Indian Horse was a great wonder to the Native American Indians when it was first introduced by the Europeans in the 1500's and 1600's. Until this point the indigenous population had lived the life of a Stone Age man. The horse was at first referred to by the Native American Indians as the “God Dog” or “Big Dog”. The horse and rider team were seen as a godlike being and were extremely powerful. The introduction of the horse gave the Indians the freedom to travel and hunt in an easier way. They were able to undertake longer journeys to seek buffalo and their tribes prospered. Also refer to War Paint and Horse War Paint.
The Journey Symbol is a Pictogram
The Journey symbol is in a fact a pictogram. A pictogram, also called a pictograph, conveys a story and meaning through pictures that signify and resemble the shapes of physical objects or people. An Ideagram is another form of pictogram which conveys complex ideas, feelings and emotions. A pictogram, such as the one recognised as a Journey symbol, is a therefore a form of writing which uses representational, pictorial drawings to tell a story.