Meaning of the Zuni Bear 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 Zuni Bear symbol. Native American symbols are geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs. The Bear symbolizes the most powerful of animals who is believed to be the Guardian of the West and has the power to heal and to transform passions into true wisdom. For additional information please refer to the Meanings of Animal Symbols.
The Zuni Bear Symbol - Fetish
Many Native American Indians have used fetishes throughout history, especially the Zuni tribe of Southwest Indians A fetish is an object which is believed to have magic powers. Native Americans of the Zuni tribe believe if you place a small amount of corn meal under the nose of a Zuni Bear image when you leave your home to protect it while away. It is believed to have inherent powers or qualities that may aid the owner. Its strength are therefore passed on to the owner. The meaning of the Heartline symbol was to signify life force. The Zuni Native American Indians strongly believe in six cardinal guardian fetishes - the bear, badger, mountain lion, wolf, mole and the eagle.
The Zuni Bear Symbol - Meaning
There were so many tribes of Native American Indians it is only possible to generalise the most common meaning of the Zuni Bear 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, clothes and War Paint. Indian Tribes also used their own Colors for Symbols and designs depending on the natural resources available to make Native American paint.