List of Symbols

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 Symbol

Meaning of Arrow symbol 

Arrowhead Symbol

Meaning of Arrowhead symbol 

Meaning of Avanyu symbol 

  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



Meaning of Brothers symbol



Meaning of Butterfly symbol


Cactus Symbol   Cactus Symbol

Meaning of Cactus symbol 
 Camp Fire

Camp Fire Symbol

Meaning of Camp Fire symbol 

Meaning of Circle symbols 

Meaning of Change symbol 

Meaning of Chunkey symbol 

Meaning of Courage - Morning Star symbol 

Meaning of Coyote symbol 

Meaning of Cross symbols 
 Cross in a Circle

Cross with Circle Symbol  Solar Cross Symbol

Meaning of Cross in a Circle symbol 

Meaning of Crow symbol 

Dancer Symbol

Meaning of Dancer symbol 
 Days and Nights

Meaning of Days and Nights symbol 


Meaning of Death symbol 
 Deer Track

Deer Track Symbol 

Meaning of Deer Track symbol 


Meaning of Dragonfly symbol 

Drum Symbol

Meaning of Drum symbol 

             Eagle Symbol

Meaning of Eagle symbol 

Meaning of Earth symbol 

Enclosure Symbol

Meaning of Enclosure symbol 
 Eye of a Medicine Man

Meaning of Eye of a Medicine Man symbol 

Meaning of Falcon symbol 

Meaning of Fire symbol 


Meaning of Fox symbol 


Meaning of Family symbol 
 Feathered Serpent

Meaning of Feathered Serpent symbol 

Meaning of Feathers symbol 

Meaning of Fertility symbol 

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 Symbol

Meaning of Hand symbol 

Handprint Symbol

Meaning of Handprint symbol 
 Hand Eye

Meaning of Hand Eye symbol 

Rainbow Kokopelli

Meaning of the Harmony symbol 

Meaning of Hawk symbol 

Heartline Symbol

Meaning of Heartline symbol 

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 

Journey symbol

Meaning of Horse symbol 

Meaning of Hope symbol 

Hummingbird SymbolHummingbird

Meaning of Hummingbird symbol 
 Indian Camp

Indian Camp Symbol

Meaning of Indian Camp symbol 

Journey symbol

Meaning of Journey symbol 

Kokopelli symbol

Meaning of Kokopelli symbol 

Lake Symbol

Meaning of Lake symbol 

Meaning of Life symbol 

Lightening symbol

Meaning of Lightning symbol 


Meaning of Love symbol 

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 Symbol

Meaning of Moon symbol 
 Morning Star

Meaning of Morning Star symbol 
 Mountain Range

Mountain Range Symbol

Meaning of Mountain Range symbol 


Meaning of Mother symbol 

Meaning of Owl symbol 

Meaning of Panther Symbol 

Peace Symbol   

Meaning of Peace symbol 
 Piasa Dragon

Meaning of Piasa Symbol 

Meaning of Raccoon Symbol 

Meaning of Protection Symbol 

Meaning of Raven 

Rain Symbol

Meaning of Rain symbol 
 Red Horn

Meaning of Red Horn Symbol 

Meaning of Saddlebag symbol 

Scalp Symbols

Meaning of Scalp symbol 

Meaning of Serpent Symbol 

   Shaman Symbol

Meaning of Shaman symbol 


Meaning of Sisters symbol 


Meaning of Snake symbol 
 Solar Cross

Solar Cross Symbol    Cross with Circle Symbol

Meaning of Solar Cross symbol 

Meaning of Spider Symbol 
 Spring & Summer

Meaning of Spring & Summer symbol 

Meaning of Square symbol 

Star Symbol

Meaning of Star symbol 

Bear Symbol

Meaning of Strength symbol 
 Sun Symbols

Sun Symbols

Meaning of Sun symbol 

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 

Meaning of Thunderbird symbol 
 Trickster - Coyote

Meaning of Trickster symbol 

Turtle Symbol   Turtle Symbol

Meaning of Turtle symbol 

Meaning of Twins symbol 

Arrow Symbol

Meaning of War symbol 

Water Symbol

Meaning of Water symbol 

Meaning of Warrior symbol 
 White Soldiers

White Soldiers Symbol

Meaning of White Soldiers symbol 

Winter Symbol

Meaning of Winter symbol 


Meaning of Wolf symbol 
 Wolf Tracks

       Wolf Tracks Symbol

Meaning of Wolf Tracks symbol 

Meaning of the Woman symbol 

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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