Meaning of the Dragonfly Symbol
Native American Indians were a deeply spiritual people and they communicated their history, thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation through Symbols and Signs such as the Dragonfly symbol. Native American symbols are geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs. For additional information please refer to the Meanings of Animal Symbols.
The Meaning of the Dragonfly Symbol
The meaning of the Dragonfly symbol was to signify happiness, speed and purity. The dragonfly also represents transformation and life's ever constant process of change. The dragonfly is a long tailed, four winged insect that inhabit the waters and wetlands of North America, as do many snakes. This symbolism is based on the life of a dragonfly which in first year or more of their lives, they live in the water as nymphs. They then metamorphose, change, into the flying creature we recognize as the dragonfly. The Southwest Indian culture use the term "snake doctor" in reference to a legend that dragonflies follow snakes around and stitch them back together if they are injured. For the Navajo tribe the dragonfly is the symbol for pure water. For additional information refer to Power Animals.
The Dragonfly Symbol - Meaning
There were so many tribes of Native American Indians it is only possible to generalise the most common meaning of the Dragonfly symbol or pattern. Native Indian symbols are still used as Tattoos and were used for a variety of reasons and depicted on numerous objects such as tepees, totem poles, musical instruments, clothes and War Paint. Indian Tribes also used their own Colors for Symbols and designs depending on the natural resources available to make Native American paint.