The Indigenous People of the United States
Discover interesting facts and information about the history and culture of Native American Indians and their tribes
Meaning of the Hummingbird 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 Hummingbird symbol. Native American symbols are geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs. Native American bird and animal symbols and totems are believed to represent the physical form of a spirit helper and guide. The meaning of the Hummingbird symbol was to signify peace, love and happiness. For additional information refer to Power Animals. Hummingbirds are always depicted in their symbol as a mated pair as a symbol of devotion, permanence, eternity and life cycles. Hummingbirds were also admired as ferocious fighters and defenders of their territory. Native Americans believe that it brings luck to see a Hummingbird before major events such as long hunting trips or travelling to other villages. For additional information please refer to the Meanings of Bird Symbols. The Hummingbird is an important bird in the Southwestern Pueblo cultures. Hopi legend speaks of the Hummingbird as intervening on behalf of the people to convince the gods to bring rain. Hummingbird feathers are highly prized and used ceremonially and in dance costumes.
Picture of a variety of Hummingbirds
A color plate illustration from Ernst Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur (1899)
The Hummingbird Symbol - Meaning
There were so many tribes of Native American Indians it is only possible to generalise the most common meaning of the Hummingbird 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 and clothes. Indian Tribes also used their own Colors for Symbols and designs depending on the natural resources available to make Native American Paint. Use symbols as ideas and designs for American Indian Tattoos.
Native American Indians - Hummingbird Symbol
Native American Indians had a highly complex culture, especially those who lived on the Great Plains.
Their religion was dominated by rituals and belief in a spiritual connection with nature and these beliefs were reflected in the various symbols they used such as the Hummingbird symbol.
The clothes, tepees and all of his belongings was decorated with art and included symbols depicting his achievements, acts of heroism, his various spirit guides or the most important events in his life. Every symbol used by an American Native Indian had meaning which can be accessed from Symbols and Meanings.
The Hummingbird Symbol
- The Hummingbird symbol of Native Americans
- Meaning, symbolism and interpretation of the Hummingbird symbol
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- Pictures, meanings, patterns and designs of symbols
- Native American Hummingbird symbol meaning
Pictures and Videos of Native Americans
Hummingbird. Discover the vast selection of pictures which relate to the History of Native Americans and illustrate many symbols used by American Indians. The pictures show the clothing, war paint, weapons and decorations of various Native Indian tribes that can be used as a really useful educational history resource for kids and children of all ages. We have included pictures and videos to accompany the main topic of this section - Hummingbird. The videos enable fast access to the images, paintings and pictures together with information and many historical facts. All of the articles and pages can be accessed via the Native Indian Tribes Index - a great educational resource for kids.