List of Symbols

Handprint Symbol on Mandan Chief

What did the Handprint Symbol on this Mandan Chief mean?

Discover facts and information about the culture of Native American Indians via the List of Symbols. Gain some inspiration and ideas for tattoos from original pictures of native American Indians and the tribal symbols that they used.

Also gain an understanding of symbolism and the meanings of colors and signs used by Native American tribes from the List of Symbols. Discover facts about the secret and mysterious symbols and signs used by Native American Indians  in this comprehensive, illustrated list of symbols.

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List of Symbols
The Native American Indians used many symbols to convey secret and mysterious signs on their bodies, clothes, homes and weapons. Our illustrated list of symbols show that their designs were usually based on geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs. The list of symbols show that signs and colors were used for a variety of different reasons and were on depicted on numerous objects and articles used by Native Americans. War paint and different types of body decoration including tattoos, used by Indian warriors contained secret symbols and signs - even horses were painted with symbols.  Many items in the list of symbols were spiritual in nature conveying Native American religious beliefs. Others in the list of symbols conveyed immediately identifiable secret messages to other tribe members and identified specific clans. Some Native American symbols were specific to individual families and passed down from one generation to another. Other items in the list of symbols had a practical purpose such as providing directions, indicating good hunting or areas to be used for a specific purpose. For additional information refer to the article on the Interpretation of Symbols.

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List of Symbols - Ideas from Pictures
The list of symbols provide an additional insight into the Native American signs and symbols that were displayed as a form of non-verbal communication which was instantly understood by the Indians. The picture of the Mandan chief clearly shows a handprint on his chest - but what did this mean? This site contains authentic Pictures of the Native Americans of most of the Indian tribes. Native American Indian tribes are well known for their use of War Paint which was often used as a reflection of important events in their lives. Even their horses were adorned with various designs and symbols as described in the article on
Horse War Paint. The List of Symbols provide some fascinating information and additional detailed information and facts are available on the meanings of every sign listed in the list of symbols.

List of Symbols - Tattoo Ideas from the ancient Mississippian culture
The list of symbols include the most ancient Native American Indian symbols from the Mississippian culture which was established in 1000AD and continued to 1550AD onward. The Mississippian Native Americans were the last of the mound-building cultures of North America in Midwestern, Eastern, and Southeastern United States. The Mississippian culture was based on warfare, which was represented by an array of emblems, motifs and symbols. The icons are included in our List of Symbols providing ideas for tattoos and include cosmic imagery depicting animals, humans and mythical beasts. The Mississippian Native Americans practiced body painting, tattooing and piercing.

List of Symbols
The List of Symbols and their meanings are detailed for each of the signs shown on the list. For additional information refer to Power Animals.

List of Symbols

  Names of Symbols Picture of Symbol
Meaning of Symbols  
  Arrow

Arrow Symbol


Meaning of Arrow symbol  
  Arrowhead

Arrowhead Symbol


Meaning of Arrowhead symbol  
  Avanyu


Meaning of Avanyu symbol  
  Bear

  Bear Symbol


Meaning of Bear symbol  
  Bear Track

   


Meaning of Bear Track symbol  
  Bird Man

 


Meaning of Bird Man symbol

 
  Bird Symbols

Bird Symbol 


Meanings of Bird symbols

 
  Bird Track

Bird Track Symbol 


Meaning of Bird Track symbol

 
  Brothers

      


Meaning of Brothers symbol

 
  Butterfly

              


Meaning of Butterfly symbol

 
  Cactus

Cactus Symbol   Cactus Symbol


Meaning of Cactus symbol  
  Camp Fire

Camp Fire Symbol


Meaning of Camp Fire symbol  
  Circle


Meaning of Circle symbols  
  Change


Meaning of Change symbol  
  Chunkey


Meaning of Chunkey symbol  
  Courage


Meaning of Courage - Morning Star symbol  
  Coyote


Meaning of Coyote symbol  
  Cross


Meaning of Cross symbols  
  Cross in a Circle

Cross with Circle Symbol  Solar Cross Symbol


Meaning of Cross in a Circle symbol  
  Crow


Meaning of Crow symbol  
  Dancer

Dancer Symbol


Meaning of Dancer symbol  
  Days and Nights


Meaning of Days and Nights symbol  
  Death

 


Meaning of Death symbol  
  Deer Track

Deer Track Symbol 


Meaning of Deer Track symbol  
  Dragonfly

  


Meaning of Dragonfly symbol  
  Drum

Drum Symbol


Meaning of Drum symbol  
  Eagle

             Eagle Symbol


Meaning of Eagle symbol  
  Earth


Meaning of Earth symbol  
  Enclosure

Enclosure Symbol


Meaning of Enclosure symbol  
  Eye of a Medicine Man


Meaning of Eye of a Medicine Man symbol  
  Falcon


Meaning of Falcon symbol  
  Fire


Meaning of Fire symbol  
  Fox

           


Meaning of Fox symbol  
  Family

 


Meaning of Family symbol  
  Feathered Serpent


Meaning of Feathered Serpent symbol  
  Feathers


Meaning of Feathers symbol  
  Fertility


Meaning of Fertility symbol  
  Friendship


Meaning of Friendship symbol  
  Four Ages of Man

Four Ages of Man Symbol


Meaning of Four Ages of Man symbol  
  Gila Monster

     Gila Monster


Meaning of Gila Monster symbol  
  Great Serpent


Meaning of Great Serpent symbol  
  Great Spirit

Great Spirit Symbol


Meaning of Great Spirit symbol  
  Hand

Hand Symbol


Meaning of Hand symbol  
  Handprint

Handprint Symbol


Meaning of Handprint symbol  
  Hand Eye


Meaning of Hand Eye symbol  
  Harmony

Rainbow Kokopelli


Meaning of the Harmony symbol  
  Hawk


Meaning of Hawk symbol  
  Heartline

Heartline Symbol


Meaning of Heartline symbol  
  Homecoming

Homecoming Symbol


Meaning of Homecoming symbol  
  Hoof Print

Hoof Print Symbol


Meaning of Hoof Print symbol  

List of Symbols

 

 

List of Symbols
The List of Symbols and their meanings are detailed for each of the signs shown on the list.

List of Symbols

  Names of Symbols Picture of Symbol
Meaning of Symbols  
  Horned Serpent


Meaning of Horned Serpent symbol  
  Horse

Journey symbol


Meaning of Horse symbol  
  Hope


Meaning of Hope symbol  
  Hummingbird

Hummingbird SymbolHummingbird


Meaning of Hummingbird symbol  
  Indian Camp

Indian Camp Symbol


Meaning of Indian Camp symbol  
  Journey

Journey symbol


Meaning of Journey symbol  
  Kokopelli

Kokopelli symbol


Meaning of Kokopelli symbol  
  Lake

Lake Symbol


Meaning of Lake symbol  
  Life


Meaning of Life symbol  
  Lightning

Lightening symbol


Meaning of Lightning symbol  
  Love

Hummingbird


Meaning of Love symbol  
  Man


Meaning of Man symbol  
  Man in the Maze


Meaning of Man in the Maze symbol  
  Many Fish

Many Fish Symbol


Meaning of Many Fish symbol  
  Medicine Wheel


Meaning of Medicine Wheel  
  Moon

Moon Symbol


Meaning of Moon symbol  
  Morning Star


Meaning of Morning Star symbol  
  Mountain Range

Mountain Range Symbol


Meaning of Mountain Range symbol  
  Mother

 


Meaning of Mother symbol  
  Owl


Meaning of Owl symbol  
  Panther


Meaning of Panther Symbol  
  Peace

Peace Symbol   


Meaning of Peace symbol  
  Piasa Dragon


Meaning of Piasa Symbol  
  Raccoon


Meaning of Raccoon Symbol  
  Protection


Meaning of Protection Symbol  
  Raven


Meaning of Raven  
  Rain

Rain Symbol


Meaning of Rain symbol  
  Red Horn


Meaning of Red Horn Symbol  
  Saddlebag


Meaning of Saddlebag symbol  
  Scalp

Scalp Symbols


Meaning of Scalp symbol  
  Serpent


Meaning of Serpent Symbol  
  Shaman

   Shaman Symbol


Meaning of Shaman symbol  
  Sisters

   


Meaning of Sisters symbol  
  Snake

   


Meaning of Snake symbol  
  Solar Cross

Solar Cross Symbol    Cross with Circle Symbol


Meaning of Solar Cross symbol  
  Spider


Meaning of Spider Symbol  
  Spring & Summer


Meaning of Spring & Summer symbol  
  Square


Meaning of Square symbol  
  Star

Star Symbol


Meaning of Star symbol  
  Strength

Bear Symbol


Meaning of Strength symbol  
  Sun Symbols

Sun Symbols


Meaning of Sun symbol  
  Swastika


Meaning of Swastika Symbol  
  Symbol of Man


Meaning of Symbol of Man  
  Symbol of Strength

Bear Symbol


Meaning of the Strength symbol  
  Temporary Home

Temporary Home Symbol


Meaning of Temporary Home symbol  
  Thunderbird


Meaning of Thunderbird symbol  
  Trickster - Coyote


Meaning of Trickster symbol  
  Turtle

Turtle Symbol   Turtle Symbol


Meaning of Turtle symbol  
  Twins


Meaning of Twins symbol  
  War

Arrow Symbol


Meaning of War symbol  
  Water

Water Symbol


Meaning of Water symbol  
  Warrior


Meaning of Warrior symbol  
  White Soldiers

White Soldiers Symbol


Meaning of White Soldiers symbol  
  Winter

Winter Symbol


Meaning of Winter symbol  
  Wolf

      


Meaning of Wolf symbol  
  Wolf Tracks

       Wolf Tracks Symbol


Meaning of Wolf Tracks symbol  
  Woman


Meaning of the Woman symbol  
  Yei

Yei Symbol


Meaning of the Yei symbol  
  Zuni Bear


Meaning of Zuni Bear symbol  

List of Symbols

 

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List of Symbols. Discover the vast selection of pictures which relate to the History of Native Americans and illustrate many decorations and tattoos used by American Indians. The pictures show the clothing, tattoos, 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 to accompany the main topic of this section - List of Symbols. 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.

 

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