List of Symbols

The Indigenous People of the United States

Discover interesting facts and information about the history and culture of Native American Indians and their tribes

Handprint Symbol on Mandan Chief

What did the Handprint Symbol on this Mandan Chief mean?

Discover facts and information about the culture of Native American Indians via the List of Symbols. Gain some inspiration and ideas for tattoos from original pictures of native American Indians and the tribal symbols that they used.

Also gain an understanding of symbolism and the meanings of colors and signs used by Native American tribes from the List of Symbols. Discover facts about the secret and mysterious symbols and signs used by Native American Indians  in this comprehensive, illustrated list of symbols.

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List of Symbols

The Native American Indians used many symbols to convey secret and mysterious signs on their bodies, clothes, homes and weapons. Our illustrated list of symbols show that their designs were usually based on geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs. The list of symbols show that signs and colors were used for a variety of different reasons and were on depicted on numerous objects and articles used by Native Americans. War paint and different types of body decoration including tattoos, used by Indian warriors contained secret symbols and signs - even horses were painted with symbols.  Many items in the list of symbols were spiritual in nature conveying Native American religious beliefs. Others in the list of symbols conveyed immediately identifiable secret messages to other tribe members and identified specific clans. Some Native American symbols were specific to individual families and passed down from one generation to another. Other items in the list of symbols had a practical purpose such as providing directions, indicating good hunting or areas to be used for a specific purpose. For additional information refer to the article on the Interpretation of Symbols.

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List of Symbols - Ideas from Pictures
The list of symbols provide an additional insight into the Native American signs and symbols that were displayed as a form of non-verbal communication which was instantly understood by the Indians. The picture of the Mandan chief clearly shows a handprint on his chest - but what did this mean? This site contains authentic Pictures of the Native Americans of most of the Indian tribes. Native American Indian tribes are well known for their use of War Paint which was often used as a reflection of important events in their lives. Even their horses were adorned with various designs and symbols as described in the article on
Horse War Paint. The List of Symbols provide some fascinating information and additional detailed information and facts are available on the meanings of every sign listed in the list of symbols.

List of Symbols - Tattoo Ideas from the ancient Mississippian culture
The list of symbols include the most ancient Native American Indian symbols from the Mississippian culture which was established in 1000AD and continued to 1550AD onward. The Mississippian Native Americans were the last of the mound-building cultures of North America in Midwestern, Eastern, and Southeastern United States. The Mississippian culture was based on warfare, which was represented by an array of emblems, motifs and symbols. The icons are included in our List of Symbols providing ideas for tattoos and include cosmic imagery depicting animals, humans and mythical beasts. The Mississippian Native Americans practiced body painting, tattooing and piercing.

 

List of Symbols
The List of Symbols and their meanings are detailed for each of the signs shown on the list. For additional information refer to Power Animals.

List of Symbols

 Names of SymbolsPicture of Symbol
Meaning of Symbols 
 Arrow

Arrow Symbol


Meaning of Arrow symbol 
 Arrowhead

Arrowhead Symbol


Meaning of Arrowhead symbol 
 Avanyu


Meaning of Avanyu symbol 
 Bear

  Bear Symbol


Meaning of Bear symbol 
 Bear Track

   


Meaning of Bear Track symbol 
 Bird Man

 


Meaning of Bird Man symbol

 
 Bird Symbols

Bird Symbol 


Meanings of Bird symbols

 
 Bird Track

Bird Track Symbol 


Meaning of Bird Track symbol

 
 Brothers

      


Meaning of Brothers symbol

 
 Butterfly

              


Meaning of Butterfly symbol

 
 Cactus

Cactus Symbol   Cactus Symbol


Meaning of Cactus symbol 
 Camp Fire

Camp Fire Symbol


Meaning of Camp Fire symbol 
 Circle


Meaning of Circle symbols 
 Change


Meaning of Change symbol 
 Chunkey


Meaning of Chunkey symbol 
 Courage


Meaning of Courage - Morning Star symbol 
 Coyote


Meaning of Coyote symbol 
 Cross


Meaning of Cross symbols 
 Cross in a Circle

Cross with Circle Symbol  Solar Cross Symbol


Meaning of Cross in a Circle symbol 
 Crow


Meaning of Crow symbol 
 Dancer

Dancer Symbol


Meaning of Dancer symbol 
 Days and Nights


Meaning of Days and Nights symbol 
 Death

 


Meaning of Death symbol 
 Deer Track

Deer Track Symbol 


Meaning of Deer Track symbol 
 Dragonfly

  


Meaning of Dragonfly symbol 
 Drum

Drum Symbol


Meaning of Drum symbol 
 Eagle

             Eagle Symbol


Meaning of Eagle symbol 
 Earth


Meaning of Earth symbol 
 Enclosure

Enclosure Symbol


Meaning of Enclosure symbol 
 Eye of a Medicine Man


Meaning of Eye of a Medicine Man symbol 
 Falcon


Meaning of Falcon symbol 
 Fire


Meaning of Fire symbol 
 Fox

           


Meaning of Fox symbol 
 Family

 


Meaning of Family symbol 
 Feathered Serpent


Meaning of Feathered Serpent symbol 
 Feathers


Meaning of Feathers symbol 
 Fertility


Meaning of Fertility symbol 
 Friendship


Meaning of Friendship symbol 
 Four Ages of Man

Four Ages of Man Symbol


Meaning of Four Ages of Man symbol 
 Gila Monster

     Gila Monster


Meaning of Gila Monster symbol 
 Great Serpent


Meaning of Great Serpent symbol 
 Great Spirit

Great Spirit Symbol


Meaning of Great Spirit symbol 
 Hand

Hand Symbol


Meaning of Hand symbol 
 Handprint

Handprint Symbol


Meaning of Handprint symbol 
 Hand Eye


Meaning of Hand Eye symbol 
 Harmony

Rainbow Kokopelli


Meaning of the Harmony symbol 
 Hawk


Meaning of Hawk symbol 
 Heartline

Heartline Symbol


Meaning of Heartline symbol 
 Homecoming

Homecoming Symbol


Meaning of Homecoming symbol 
 Hoof Print

Hoof Print Symbol


Meaning of Hoof Print symbol 

List of Symbols

 

 

List of Symbols
The List of Symbols and their meanings are detailed for each of the signs shown on the list.

List of Symbols

 Names of SymbolsPicture of Symbol
Meaning of Symbols 
 Horned Serpent


Meaning of Horned Serpent symbol 
 Horse

Journey symbol


Meaning of Horse symbol 
 Hope


Meaning of Hope symbol 
 Hummingbird

Hummingbird SymbolHummingbird


Meaning of Hummingbird symbol 
 Indian Camp

Indian Camp Symbol


Meaning of Indian Camp symbol 
 Journey

Journey symbol


Meaning of Journey symbol 
 Kokopelli

Kokopelli symbol


Meaning of Kokopelli symbol 
 Lake

Lake Symbol


Meaning of Lake symbol 
 Life


Meaning of Life symbol 
 Lightning

Lightening symbol


Meaning of Lightning symbol 
 Love

Hummingbird


Meaning of Love symbol 
 Man


Meaning of Man symbol 
 Man in the Maze


Meaning of Man in the Maze symbol 
 Many Fish

Many Fish Symbol


Meaning of Many Fish symbol 
 Medicine Wheel


Meaning of Medicine Wheel 
 Moon

Moon Symbol


Meaning of Moon symbol 
 Morning Star


Meaning of Morning Star symbol 
 Mountain Range

Mountain Range Symbol


Meaning of Mountain Range symbol 
 Mother

 


Meaning of Mother symbol 
 Owl


Meaning of Owl symbol 
 Panther


Meaning of Panther Symbol 
 Peace

Peace Symbol   


Meaning of Peace symbol 
 Piasa Dragon


Meaning of Piasa Symbol 
 Raccoon


Meaning of Raccoon Symbol 
 Protection


Meaning of Protection Symbol 
 Raven


Meaning of Raven 
 Rain

Rain Symbol


Meaning of Rain symbol 
 Red Horn


Meaning of Red Horn Symbol 
 Saddlebag


Meaning of Saddlebag symbol 
 Scalp

Scalp Symbols


Meaning of Scalp symbol 
 Serpent


Meaning of Serpent Symbol 
 Shaman

   Shaman Symbol


Meaning of Shaman symbol 
 Sisters

   


Meaning of Sisters symbol 
 Snake

   


Meaning of Snake symbol 
 Solar Cross

Solar Cross Symbol    Cross with Circle Symbol


Meaning of Solar Cross symbol 
 Spider


Meaning of Spider Symbol 
 Spring & Summer


Meaning of Spring & Summer symbol 
 Square


Meaning of Square symbol 
 Star

Star Symbol


Meaning of Star symbol 
 Strength

Bear Symbol


Meaning of Strength symbol 
 Sun Symbols

Sun Symbols


Meaning of Sun symbol 
 Swastika


Meaning of Swastika Symbol 
 Symbol of Man


Meaning of Symbol of Man 
 Symbol of Strength

Bear Symbol


Meaning of the Strength symbol 
 Temporary Home

Temporary Home Symbol


Meaning of Temporary Home symbol 
 Thunderbird


Meaning of Thunderbird symbol 
 Trickster - Coyote


Meaning of Trickster symbol 
 Turtle

Turtle Symbol   Turtle Symbol


Meaning of Turtle symbol 
 Twins


Meaning of Twins symbol 
 War

Arrow Symbol


Meaning of War symbol 
 Water

Water Symbol


Meaning of Water symbol 
 Warrior


Meaning of Warrior symbol 
 White Soldiers

White Soldiers Symbol


Meaning of White Soldiers symbol 
 Winter

Winter Symbol


Meaning of Winter symbol 
 Wolf

      


Meaning of Wolf symbol 
 Wolf Tracks

       Wolf Tracks Symbol


Meaning of Wolf Tracks symbol 
 Woman


Meaning of the Woman symbol 
 Yei

Yei Symbol


Meaning of the Yei symbol 
 Zuni Bear


Meaning of Zuni Bear symbol 

List of Symbols

 

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Pictures and Videos of Native Americans
List of Symbols. Discover the vast selection of pictures which relate to the History of Native Americans and illustrate many decorations and tattoos used by American Indians. The pictures show the clothing, tattoos, 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 to accompany the main topic of this section - List of Symbols. 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.

 

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