Meaning of the Fertility Symbol
Native American Indians were a deeply spiritual people and they communicated their history, thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation through symbols. Native American symbols are generally geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural and supernatural phenomena and animal designs. The most commonly recognised Fertility symbol depicts a supernatural figure called Kokopelli. Kokopelli is a fertility deity of some Southwest Native American cultures. Kokopelli is usually depicted as a hunchbacked, dancing flute player but Kokopelli can also be depicted with a large phallus the sign that has always symbolized fertility.
Fertility Symbol - Kokopelli
The distinguishing features of the Kokopelli fertility symbol are his hunchback, his dancing pose and his flute. The hunch on his back represented the sack he carried which might contain seeds for the harvest, the songs he carried and rainbows. Kokopelli was often depicted with an over-exaggerated phallus which is a symbol that is commonly associated with fertility throughout the ancient world. Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over both childbirth and agriculture, hence the sack containing seeds. Symbols of this ancient deity has been found on prehistoric American rock carvings such as the one illustrated below.
Chaco Canyon Kokopelli
In the fertility legend of Kokopelli, told by the Hopi Native Indians, Kokopelli carried unborn children in the sack on his back and distributed them to women. Another myth told that when Kokopelli arrived in villages everyone would sing and dance the night away. In the morning, when he left, the crops were plentiful and all the women were pregnant. Young, unmarried girls often feared him - they had no need for a fertility spirit.
Additional Fertility Symbols
There are many icons that symbolize Fertility in the culture of the Native American. Some tribes associated the wolf with fertility and protection and destruction.
The meaning of the Water symbol was to signify life, fertility and purity.
The Hopi and Pueblo tribes marked the summer solstice by dressing up as Kachinas,
the dancing spirits of rain and fertility.
Fertility Symbol and Pictogram
The religion of Native Americans was dominated by rituals and belief in a spiritual connection with nature and these beliefs were reflected in the various symbols and pictograms they used such as the Fertility symbol. 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, refer to Color Meanings & Symbolism, and designs depending on the natural resources available to make Native American paint. 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 and included the Fertility symbol or pictogram. Every symbol used by an American Native Indian had meaning which can be accessed from Symbols and Meanings.
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Pictures and Videos of Native Americans
Fertility. 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 - Fertility. 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.