Meaning of the Protection Symbol
Native American Indians were a deeply spiritual
people and they communicated their history,
thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation
through symbols. Native American symbols
generally geometric portrayals of celestial bodies,
natural phenomena and
The Protection symbol is depicted
as two arrows within a circle. The weapons were
symbols of the major form of defence for the
American Native Indian and the circle was
another powerful symbol. A circle
around another Native American symbol signifies
family ties, closeness & protection. The circle
has no break and cannot be
broken. The black center circle depicts the air
symbol which represents life.
Additional Protection Symbols
are many icons that symbolize protection in the
culture of the Native American. The meaning of
the Wolf and Wolf Tracks symbol symbolized
direction and leadership and embodied both
protection and destruction.
The meaning of the Turtle symbol signifies good
health and long life. The hard shell of the
turtle represents perseverance and protection.
The hand symbol represents spiritual power,
strength, domination and protection.
meaning of the above single arrow indicated
protection and defence.
bear had spiritual power, wearing a bear claw
necklace meant protection and good health to the
Indian wearing it.
Picture of a Missouri Indian wearing a
Grizzly Bear Claw Necklace
Iroquois Confederacy - The Tree
Dekanawida, the Great Peacemaker and
Hiawatha united the 5 nations to create the
Iroquois Confederacy. The Great Peacemaker used a white pine,
called the Tree of Peace, to symbolize the
peace and friendship 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.
of Peace and