Native American bird and animal symbols and totems are believed to represent the physical form of a spirit helper and guide. The Bear symbol was important as it represented a protector and symbolized physical strength and leadership. Bears are strong, agile, and quick. The black bear and the Grizzly were native to North America and strongly associated with strength.
The Meaning of the Strength Symbol and the Bear Symbol
Many paintings on this website show Native American Indians wearing necklaces made from the claws of the grizzly bear. Because of the Indians' beliefs that the bear had spiritual power, wearing a bear claw necklace meant strength, protection and good health to the Indian wearing it. The necklace was not just an adornment it conveyed the strength of a man who had killed such a strong animal.
Additional Symbols of Strength
The meaning of the Eagle symbol was to signify strength, courage and wisdom and its purpose was as the messenger to the Creator.
The Zuni Bear symbol is believed to protect your home whilst you were away, its inherent powers providing help to the owner. Its strength are therefore passed on to the owner.