A pictogram is a therefore a form of writing which uses drawings to tell a story. A pictogram was not an exact record and often only understood as a memory help to those who knew the original story and understood the meanings of the symbols that had been used.
Materials used for a Pictogram
Pictogram taken from a Pawnee robe
Pictogram - Picture Dictionary of Symbols and Signs
Use of the Pictogram - Children and Kids
Examples of the Pictogram
Native American Indian Birch Bark Pictogram drawing
Native American Pictogram - Henry Longfellow
The famous epic poem by Henry Longfellow called “The Song of Hiawatha” was based on the hero Hiawatha who established the Iroquois Confederacy. Henry Longfellow was deeply interested in pictograms and pictography, and gave a brief example and description of nine common symbols used in pictograms in the following verse from Hiawatha.
For the earth he drew a straight line,
For the sky a bow above it;
White the space between for day-time,
Filled with little stars for night-time;
On the left a point for sunrise,
On the right a point for sunset,
On the top a point for noontide,
And for rain and cloudy weather
Waving lines descending from it.
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