Horse War Paint - Making Horse War Paints
The Native Indians made Horse War Paint from the natural resources that were available to them to make different colored dyes and pigments including red clays, barks and berries, white clays and eggshells, black charcoal, yellow from flowers, plants and moss, blue from clays and duck manure and green from moss and algae. Paint in it's simplest form, consists of ground up pigment suspended in some sort of liquid, or binder such as urine, spit, egg yolks, animal fat and blood.
Meaning of Horse War Paint Colors
There were so many tribes of Native American Indians it is only possible to generalise the most common meanings of the colors and patterns of Horse War Paint, Body Paint or Face Paint.
- Red Color Symbolised war, blood, strength, energy and power
- Black was used to symbolize victory and might be applied to the horse before returning home to the camp
- White Color Symbolised mourning but might also mean peace
- Blue Color Symbolised wisdom and confidence
- Yellow Color Symbolised the color of death. Yellow indicated that the wearer and horse were brave and were willing to fight to the death
- Green Color Symbolised endurance, and is seen as a great healing power and believed to improve vision - green circles might be painted around the eyes of a horse
- Purple color symbolised power, mystery and magic
Horse War Paint and other Non-verbal forms of Communication
The meanings of horse war paint was just one of the forms of non-verbal communication methods used by Native American Indians. The different types of non-verbal communication methods were: