Meaning of the Arrow Symbol
Native American Indians were a deeply spiritual
people and they communicated their history,
thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation
and Signs such as the Arrow symbol.
Native American symbols
geometric portrayals of celestial bodies,
natural phenomena and
The arrow was very important to the Native
Bow and Arrow enabled the Indians
to hunt the animals which would provide their
food, clothing, weapons and tools. The bow and
arrow were used by skilled hunters who held a
pair of arrows in the left hand, which also held
the bow, and held another arrow in his mouth. A
quiver with spare arrows hung from his shoulder.
The Bow and arrow also allowed the Native Indian
to defend his family in times of war.
meaning of the Arrow symbol altered according to
the way they were depicted.
meaning of the above single arrow indicated
protection and defence. Arrows also signified
direction, force, movement, power and direction
of travel. When an arrow pointed to the left it
meant warding off evil, pointing to the right
meant protection and an arrow pointing down
meant peace. Two arrows depicted together
were the symbol for war.
Two Arrows in different directions
bundle of five arrows represented one of the
five founding tribes of the Iroquois League. One
arrow could easily be broken, while a bundle of
five arrows would remain strong. Crossed arrows
were symbols of friendship. A broken arrow was a
symbol of peace.
Broken Arrow symbolised Peace
Crossed Arrows were the Symbol of
For more interesting facts and information refer
Bows and Arrows and
How to make a Bow.
Symbol - Meaning
There were so many tribes of Native American
Indians it is only possible to generalise
the most common meaning of the Arrow symbol or pattern. Native Indian symbols
are still used as
and were used for a variety of
reasons and depicted on numerous objects such as tepees, totem poles, musical instruments, clothes
War Paint. Indian
Tribes also used their own
for Symbols and designs depending on the
natural resources available to make
Native American paint.