The War Symbol

The Indigenous People of the United States

Discover interesting facts and information about the history and culture of Native American Indians and their tribes

Arrow Symbol

Arrows in different directions
was the symbol of War


Native American Symbols, like the War symbol, can vary in meaning from one tribe to another and across the culture groups of North America. 

Discover facts and information about the meanings of secret and mysterious symbols used by Native American Indians in our List of Symbols including the the War symbol.

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Meaning of the War Symbol

Native American Indians were a deeply spiritual people and they communicated their history, thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation through Symbols and Signs such as the War symbol. Native American symbols are geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs. Two arrows depicted together were the symbol for war. The choice of a Native American Indian to go to war was was entirely voluntary. Public gestures were made to demonstrate an acceptance to go to war. Among the eastern tribes an Indian would strike the red-painted war-post, or, on the plains, by smoking from a ceremonial pipe. The term warpath referred to a route taken by a war party of American Indians going to a war. The word warpath referred to an actual route called the Great Trail, or the Great Path, which was a network of footpaths created by Indians which connected the Great Lakes region of Canada to New England. It is also interesting to note that the Tomahawk was a Native American symbol of both war and peace.

Arrow Symbol

The War Symbol - Meaning
There were so many tribes of Native American Indians it is only possible to generalise the most common meaning of the War symbol or pattern. Native Indian symbols are still used as Tattoos and were used for a variety of reasons and depicted on numerous objects such as tepees, totem poles, musical instruments and clothes. Indian Tribes also used their own Colors for Symbols and designs depending on the natural resources available to make Native American Paint.

 

 

Native American Indians - War Symbol
Native American Indians had a highly complex culture, especially those who lived on the Great Plains.

Their religion was dominated by rituals and belief in a spiritual connection with nature and these beliefs were reflected in the various symbols they used such as the War symbol.

The clothes, tepees and all of his belongings was decorated with art and included symbols depicting his achievements, acts of heroism, his various spirit guides or the most important events in his life. Every symbol used by an American Native Indian had meaning which can be accessed from Symbols and Meanings.

The War Symbol

Apache Hide Painting

 

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Pictures and Videos of Native Americans
War. 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 - War. 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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