Symbols and Signs

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Symbols and Signs

The Native American Indians used many symbols and signs to convey secret meanings. Our illustrated Symbols and Signs guide provide a unique insight into the ancient and mysterious signs and symbols used in their unusual forms of non-verbal communication. 

For additional information refer to the article on the Interpretation of Symbols.

Symbols and Signs - Pictograms
Some of the Symbols and Signs used by Native Americans were simple pictograms. A pictogram conveys a story and meaning through pictures of symbols and signs 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 is a form of writing which uses representational, pictorial drawings to tell a story.

Symbols and Signs
A full description of the Symbols and Signs and their meanings are detailed for each of the subjects shown on the following list.

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

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