Meaning of the Peace Symbol
Native American Indians were a deeply spiritual
people and they communicated their history,
thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation
and Signs such as the Peace symbol.
Native American symbols
geometric portrayals of celestial bodies,
natural phenomena and
n Sioux mythology, Wohpe is a goddess of peace
and represents harmony and meditation. She gave
the Sioux a pipe as a symbol of peace. The
Sacred stone of Wohpe is turquoise which is
given as a gift as a symbol for friendship.
meaning of the broken arrow symbol was to signify
peace. A Peace treaty or covenant was signed
with due ceremony.
Peace Pipe Symbol
A ceremonial smoking pipe,
called a Calumet, was often used to seal a
peace treaty, hence the term 'Peace Pipe'. This
name was given to the Calumet by the settlers
who only saw the pipe being smoked on this
occasion. However, the Calumet was also used to
offer prayers in religious ceremonies and in war
Picture of a Calumet - Peace Pipe
Peace Symbol - "To bury the Hatchet"
It is also interesting to note that the
Tomahawk or the
Hatchet Axe was a Native American symbol of
both war and peace. To bury a tomahawk meant
peace - to dig it up, meant to declare the most
deadly warfare, hence the phrase "to bury the
hatchet" when making peace.
Iroquois Confederacy - The Tree
Dekanawida, the Great Peacemaker and
Hiawatha united five nations to create the
Iroquois Confederacy. The Great Peacemaker used a white pine,
called the Tree of Peace, to symbolize the
peace that had been established. The branches of the Tree of
Peace represented protection. A far seeing
eagle sat upon the top of the tree to
symbolize a warning system if the tribes
were in danger. Beneath the roots of the
Tree of Peace a weapon was buried which
symbolized that there would be no fighting
between the Iroquois tribes.
Symbol - Meaning
There were so many tribes of Native American
Indians it is only possible to generalise
the most common meaning of the Peace symbol or pattern. Native Indian symbols
are still used as
and were used for a variety of
reasons and depicted on numerous objects such as tepees, totem poles, musical instruments, clothes
War Paint. Indian
Tribes also used their own
for Symbols and designs depending on the
natural resources available to make
Native American paint.