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Tree Symbols - Oak Tree               

Discover facts and information about the Tree Symbols of the North American Native Indians. Tree symbolism is the representation or meaning of something that is usually specific to a particular culture or society.

Gain an insight into the Tree Symbols of the  Native American Indians.

Understand the significance of the 'Standing People' and the use of trees and the knowledge of tree symbols in the culture of Native Americans.

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Tree Symbols

The Cherokee call trees the Standing People and teach that all of their plant relations are the givers of the Earth providing for the needs of others. Each tree has its properties and attributes with the ability to share these with the people - tree symbols. Trees provide healing medicines, shelter from their branches, a place for burrows for the small animals and provide materials to build homes. A Tree symbolizes permanence, longevity and its firm base symbolises the concept of ‘roots’ and an ongoing relationship with natural surroundings. Such positive characteristics and attributes of trees lend themselves to being revered.

Tree Symbols - Prayer and Talking Sticks
The people of many Native American tribes believe that the qualities of each type of tree brings specific medicine and carries a sacred spark of the Great Spirit. The wood from trees was used to create many sacred items including Talking Sticks and Prayer Sticks. The choice of tree and the wood used to make these sacred objects was highly symbolic and had meaning and relevance to the craftsman. Each type of stick was prepared with due respect and ceremony. The wood was carefully chosen for its strength and spirituality and taken from a tree that had special meaning to the person. Permission was sought from the tree spirit to make the talking stick and the prayer stick.

Native American Tree Symbols Chart
The following chart provides details of each tree together with its meanings and symbolism.

Native American Tree Symbols Chart


Names of Trees

Tree Symbolism
 

Tree Symbols:

Ash
 
The ash symbolizes peace of mind, sacrifice, sensitivity
and higher awareness

Tree Symbols:

Aspen
 
The Aspen symbolizes clarity of purpose, determination and overcoming fears and doubts

Tree Symbols:

Arbutus
 
The sacred Arbutus symbolizes knowledge

Tree Symbols:

Beech
 
The Beech symbolizes tolerance, past knowledge and
softening criticism

Tree Symbols:

Birch
 
The Birch symbolizes truth, new beginnings
and cleansing of the past

Tree Symbols:

Cedar
 
The Cedar symbolizes cleansing, protection, prosperity & healing

Tree Symbols:

Cherry
 
The Cherry tree symbolizes strong expression, rebirth, new awakenings and compassion

Tree Symbols:

Elm
 
The Elm symbolizes wisdom, strength of will and intuition

Tree Symbols:

Maple
 
The Maple symbolizes the tree of offering, generosity, balance, promise and practicality

Tree Symbols:

Oak
 
The oak symbolizes strength of character and courage

Tree Symbols:

Pine
 
The pine tree symbolizes creativity, peace and harmony

Tree Symbols:

Sycamore
 

Sycamore symbolizes ambition
 

Tree Symbols:

Willow
 
The willow symbolizes inner wisdom, an open mind with the stability and strength of age and experience.

Tree Symbols:

Walnut
 
The Walnut symbolizes clarity and focus, gathering of energy and beginning new projects

Tree Symbols:

White Pine
 
The White Pine symbolizes serenity

Native American Tree Symbols Chart

 
 

 

Tree Symbols - The Cedar Tree
The ancient Mississippian Mound Builders believed that the universe consisted of three parts with good and bad spiritual forces. These three worlds were linked together and their connection was usually portrayed as a cedar tree.

Tree Symbols - The Tree of Peace
The Iroquois had two great leaders Dekanawida, the Great Peacemaker and Hiawatha who 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 by creating the confederacy. The branches of the Tree of Peace represented protection. A far seeing eagle sat upon the top of the tree to symbolizing a warning system between the tribes and beneath the roots of the Tree of Peace a weapon was buried. This symbolic act meant that there would be no fighting between the Iroquois tribes.

Tree of Peace

Tree of Peace and Protection

 

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Pictures and Videos of Native Americans
Tree Symbols. Discover the vast selection of pictures which relate to the History of Native Americans and illustrate many symbols used by American Indians. The pictures show the clothing, 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 and videos to accompany the main topic of this section - Tree 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 - a great educational resource for kids.

 

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