Meaning of the Horse 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 Horse symbol. Native American symbols are geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs. For additional information please refer to the Meanings of Animal Symbols.
The Meaning of the Horse Symbol
The meaning of the horse symbol was to signify mobility, stamina, strength and power. It was so revered by some tribes that the horse also represented loyalty, love and devotion. he horse symbol was also a sign of mutual respect. Its hoof print signifies the direction taken by riders. The horse symbol is often a feature of pictograms and ledger paintings. For additional information refer to Power Animals.
Arapahoe Ledger Painting of a warrior on a horse
The Horse Symbol is a Pictogram
The Horse symbol is in a fact a pictogram. A pictogram, also called a pictograph, conveys a story and meaning through pictures that signify and resemble the shapes of physical objects or people. An Ideagram is another form of pictogram which conveys complex ideas, feelings and emotions. A pictogram, such as the one recognised as a Horse symbol, is a therefore a form of writing which uses representational, pictorial drawings to tell a story.
Horse Pictogram - Picture Writng
The Native Indian Horse was a great wonder to the Native American Indians when it was first introduced by the Europeans in the 1500's and 1600's. The horse was at first referred to by the Native American Indians as the “God Dog” or “Big Dog”. The horse and rider team were seen as a godlike beings and were extremely powerful. Also refer to the Mustang Horse and Horse War Paint.
Pawnee Indians and their Horses
Horse 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 Horse 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 Horse symbol or pictogram. Every symbol used by an American Native Indian had meaning which can be accessed from Symbols and Meanings.
The Horse Symbol
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Pictures and Videos of Native Americans
Horse. 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 - Horse. 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.