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Symbols and Signs

The Native American Indians used many symbols and signs to convey secret meanings. Our illustrated Symbols and Signs guide provide a unique insight into the ancient and mysterious signs and symbols used in their unusual forms of non-verbal communication. The methods used to communicate these secret symbols and signs included War paint, Smoke Signals, Horse War Paint and Picture messages on trees, skins or rocks using Native American Symbols and signs called Pictograms. Native American Sign Language was developed to enable different tribes to communicate with each other.

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Reason for the Native American Symbols and Signs
The Native American designs used in their symbols and signs were usually based on geometric portrayals of celestial or heavenly bodies such as the sun and stars, natural phenomena such as thunderstorms and animal designs including serpents and spiders. For additional information refer to Power Animals. Symbols and signs were used for a variety of different reasons in the Native American culture and were depicted on numerous objects and articles used by the men and women of the tribes. The War paint that used by Indian warriors contained secret symbols and signs and even horses were painted with symbols and signs.  Many Symbols and Signs were spiritual in nature conveying various religious beliefs. Other Symbols and Signs conveyed immediately identifiable secret messages to other tribe members. The Symbols and Signs used by Native Americans also had practical purposes such as recording important events, providing directions, indicating good hunting areas or as warning signs and symbols. For additional information refer to the article on the Interpretation of Symbols.

Symbols and Signs - Pictograms
Some of the Symbols and Signs used by Native Americans were simple pictograms. A pictogram conveys a story and meaning through pictures of symbols and signs that signify and resemble the shapes of physical objects or people. An Ideagram is another form of pictogram which conveys complex ideas, feelings and emotions. A pictogram is a form of writing which uses representational, pictorial drawings to tell a story.

Symbols and Signs
A full description of the Symbols and Signs and their meanings are detailed for each of the subjects shown on the following list.

Symbols and Signs

 Pictures of Symbols and Signs
Meaning of Symbols and Signs 
 

Arrow Symbol


Arrow symbol and sign 
 

Arrowhead Symbol


Arrowhead symbol and sign 
 


Avanyu symbol and sign 
 

  Bear Symbol


Meaning of Bear symbol and sign 
 

   


Bear Track symbol and sign 
 

 


Bird Man symbol and sign

 
 

  Bird Symbol


Bird symbols and signs

 
 

Bird Track Symbol 


Bird Track symbol and sign

 
 

      


Brothers symbol and sign

 
 

              


Butterfly symbol and sign

 
 

Cactus Symbol   Cactus Symbol


Cactus symbol and sign 
 

Camp Fire Symbol


Camp Fire symbol and sign 
 


Circle symbols 
 


Change symbol and sign 
 


Chunkey symbol and sign 
 


Courage - Morning Star symbol and sign 
 


Coyote symbol and sign 
 


Cross symbols and Signs 
 

Cross with Circle Symbol  Solar Cross Symbol


Cross in a Circle symbol and sign 
 


Crow symbol and sign 
 

Dancer Symbol


Dancer symbol and sign 
 


Days and Nights symbol and sign 
 

 


Death symbol and sign 
 

Deer Track Symbol 


Deer Track symbol and sign 
 

  


Dragonfly symbol and sign 
 

Drum Symbol


Meaning of Drum symbol and sign 
 

             Eagle Symbol


Eagle symbol and sign 
 


Earth symbol and sign 
 

Enclosure Symbol


Enclosure symbol and sign 
 


Eye of a Medicine Man symbol and sign 
 


Falcon symbol and sign 
 

 


Fertility symbol and sign 
 


Fire symbol and sign 
 

           


Fox symbol and sign 
 

   


Family symbol and sign 
 


Feathered Serpent symbol and sign 
 


Feathers symbol and sign 
 


Friendship symbol and sign 
 

Four Ages of Man Symbol


Four Ages of Man symbol and sign 
 

     Gila Monster


Gila Monster symbol and sign 
 


Great Serpent symbol and sign 
 

Great Spirit Symbol


Great Spirit symbol and sign 
 

Hand Symbol


Hand symbol and sign 
 

Handprint Symbol


Handprint symbol and sign 
 


Hand Eye symbol and sign 
 

Rainbow Kokopelli


Harmony symbol and sign 
 


Hawk symbol and sign 
 

Heartline Symbol


Heartline symbol and sign 
 

Homecoming Symbol


Homecoming symbol and sign 
 

Hoof Print Symbol


Hoof Print symbol and sign 
 


Hope symbol and sign 
 Pictures of Symbols and Signs
Meaning of Symbols and Signs  

Symbols and Signs

 

 

Symbols and Signs
The Symbols and Signs and their meanings are detailed for each of the pictures shown on the list.

Symbols and Signs

 Pictures of Symbols and Signs
Meaning of Symbols and Signs 
 


Horned Serpent symbol and sign 
 

Journey symbol


Horse symbol and sign 
 

Hummingbird SymbolHummingbird


Hummingbird symbol and sign 
 

Indian Camp Symbol


Indian Camp symbol and sign 
 

Journey symbol


Journey symbol and sign 
 

Kokopelli symbol


Kokopelli symbol and sign 
 

Lake Symbol


Lake symbol and sign 
 


Life symbol and sign 
 

Lightening symbol


Lightning symbol and sign 
 

Hummingbird


Love symbol and sign 
 


Man symbol and sign 
 

Many Fish Symbol


Many Fish symbol and sign 
 


Man in the Maze symbol and sign 
 


Medicine Wheel symbol and sign 
 

Moon Symbol


Moon symbol and sign 
 


Morning Star symbol and sign 
 

Mountain Range Symbol


Mountain Range symbol and sign 
 

 


Mother symbol and sign 
 


Owl symbol and sign 
 


Panther symbol and sign 
 

Peace Symbol   


Peace symbol and sign 
 


Piasa symbol and sign 
 


Protection symbol and sign 
 


Raccoon symbol and sign 
 


Raven 
 

Rain Symbol


Rain symbol and sign 
 


Red Horn symbol and sign 
 


Serpent symbol and sign 
 

   


Sisters symbol and sign 
 

   


Snake symbol and sign 
 

Solar Cross Symbol    Cross with Circle Symbol


Solar Cross symbol and sign 
 


Spider symbol and sign 
 


Swastika symbol and sign 
 


Symbol of Man 
 

Bear Symbol


Strength symbol and sign 
 

   Shaman Symbol


Shaman symbol and sign 
 


Saddlebag symbol and sign 
 

Scalp Symbols


Scalp symbol and sign 
 


Spring & Summer symbol and sign 
 


Square symbol and sign 
 

Star Symbol


Star symbol and sign 
 

Sun Symbols


Sun symbol and sign 
 

Temporary Home Symbol


Temporary Home symbol and sign 
 


Thunderbird symbol and sign 
 


Trickster symbol and sign 
 

Turtle Symbol   Turtle Symbol


Turtle symbol and sign 
 


Twins symbol and sign 
 

Arrow Symbol


War symbol and sign 
 

Water Symbol


Water symbol and sign 
 


Warrior symbol and sign 
 

White Soldiers Symbol


White Soldiers symbol and sign 
 

Winter Symbol


Winter symbol and sign 
 

       Wolf Symbol


Wolf symbol and sign 
 

       Wolf Tracks Symbol


Wolf Tracks symbol and sign 
 


Woman symbol and sign 
 

Yei Symbol


Yei symbol and sign 
 


Zuni Bear symbol and sign 
 Pictures of Symbols and Signs
Meaning of Symbols and Signs 

Symbols and Signs

 

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Pictures and Videos of Native Americans
Symbols and Signs. 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 - Symbols and Signs. 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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