Symbols and Meanings

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Native American Symbols and Meanings
The Native American Symbols and their Meanings were usually based on geometric portrayals of celestial  such as the sun, moon and stars, natural phenomena such as thunderstorms and rain and animal designs including eagles, serpents and spiders.

War paint that used by Indian warriors contained secret Symbols and Meanings and even horses were painted with Symbols and Meanings.  Many Symbols and Meanings were spiritual in nature conveying various religious beliefs. For additional information refer to Power Animals. Other Symbols and Meanings conveyed immediately identifiable secret messages to other tribe members. The Symbols and Meanings used by Native Americans also had practical purposes such as recording important events, providing directions, indicating good hunting areas or as warning signs and meanings.

Symbols with Meaning
A full description of the Symbols and Meanings are detailed for each of the subjects shown on the following list.

Animal symbols
Arrow
Arrowhead
Avanyu
Meaning of Bear
Bear Track
Bird Man
Bird Dictionary of Symbols
Bird Track
Brothers
Butterfly
Cactus
Camp Fire
Circle symbols
Change
Chunkey
Courage - Morning Star symbol
Coyote
Cross symbols and Signs
Cross in a Circle
Crow
Dancer
Days and Nights
Death
Deer Track
Dragonfly
Meaning of Drum
Eagle
Earth
Enclosure
Eye of a Medicine Man
Falcon
Fertility
Fire
Fox
Family
Feathered Serpent
Feathers
Friendship symbol
Four Ages of Man
Gila Monster
Great Serpent
Great Spirit
Hand
Handprint
Hand Eye
Harmony
Hawk
Heartline
Homecoming
Hoof Print
Hope
Horned Serpent
Horse
Hummingbird
Indian Camp
Journey
Kokopelli
Lake
Life
Lightning
Love
Man
Many Fish
Man in the Maze
Medicine Wheel
Moon
Morning Star
Mountain Range
Mother
Owl
Panther
Peace
Piasa
Protection
Raccoon
Raven
Rain
Red Horn
Serpent
Sisters
Snake
Solar Cross
Spider
Swastika
Symbol of Man
Strength
Shaman
Saddlebag
Scalp
Spring & Summer
Square
Star
Sun
Temporary Home
Thunderbird
Trickster
Turtle
Twins
War
Water
Warrior
White Soldiers
Winter
Wolf
Wolf Tracks
Woman
Yei
Zuni Bear
Interpretation of Symbols
Native American Symbols
Tattoos
Native Indian Tribes Index

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