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 Symbol

Meaning of Arrow symbol  

Arrowhead Symbol

Meaning of Arrowhead symbol  

Meaning of Avanyu symbol  

  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



Meaning of Brothers symbol



Meaning of Butterfly symbol


Cactus Symbol   Cactus Symbol

Meaning of Cactus symbol  
  Camp Fire

Camp Fire Symbol

Meaning of Camp Fire symbol  

Meaning of Circle symbols  

Meaning of Change symbol  

Meaning of Chunkey symbol  

Meaning of Courage - Morning Star symbol  

Meaning of Coyote symbol  

Meaning of Cross symbols  
  Cross in a Circle

Cross with Circle Symbol  Solar Cross Symbol

Meaning of Cross in a Circle symbol  

Meaning of Crow symbol  

Dancer Symbol

Meaning of Dancer symbol  
  Days and Nights

Meaning of Days and Nights symbol  


Meaning of Death symbol  
  Deer Track

Deer Track Symbol 

Meaning of Deer Track symbol  


Meaning of Dragonfly symbol  

Drum Symbol

Meaning of Drum symbol  

             Eagle Symbol

Meaning of Eagle symbol  

Meaning of Earth symbol  

Enclosure Symbol

Meaning of Enclosure symbol  
  Eye of a Medicine Man

Meaning of Eye of a Medicine Man symbol  

Meaning of Falcon symbol  

Meaning of Fire symbol  


Meaning of Fox symbol  


Meaning of Family symbol  
  Feathered Serpent

Meaning of Feathered Serpent symbol  

Meaning of Feathers symbol  

Meaning of Fertility symbol  

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 Symbol

Meaning of Hand symbol  

Handprint Symbol

Meaning of Handprint symbol  
  Hand Eye

Meaning of Hand Eye symbol  

Rainbow Kokopelli

Meaning of the Harmony symbol  

Meaning of Hawk symbol  

Heartline Symbol

Meaning of Heartline symbol  

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  

Journey symbol

Meaning of Horse symbol  

Meaning of Hope symbol  

Hummingbird SymbolHummingbird

Meaning of Hummingbird symbol  
  Indian Camp

Indian Camp Symbol

Meaning of Indian Camp symbol  

Journey symbol

Meaning of Journey symbol  

Kokopelli symbol

Meaning of Kokopelli symbol  

Lake Symbol

Meaning of Lake symbol  

Meaning of Life symbol  

Lightening symbol

Meaning of Lightning symbol  


Meaning of Love symbol  

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 Symbol

Meaning of Moon symbol  
  Morning Star

Meaning of Morning Star symbol  
  Mountain Range

Mountain Range Symbol

Meaning of Mountain Range symbol  


Meaning of Mother symbol  

Meaning of Owl symbol  

Meaning of Panther Symbol  

Peace Symbol   

Meaning of Peace symbol  
  Piasa Dragon

Meaning of Piasa Symbol  

Meaning of Raccoon Symbol  

Meaning of Protection Symbol  

Meaning of Raven  

Rain Symbol

Meaning of Rain symbol  
  Red Horn

Meaning of Red Horn Symbol  

Meaning of Saddlebag symbol  

Scalp Symbols

Meaning of Scalp symbol  

Meaning of Serpent Symbol  

   Shaman Symbol

Meaning of Shaman symbol  


Meaning of Sisters symbol  


Meaning of Snake symbol  
  Solar Cross

Solar Cross Symbol    Cross with Circle Symbol

Meaning of Solar Cross symbol  

Meaning of Spider Symbol  
  Spring & Summer

Meaning of Spring & Summer symbol  

Meaning of Square symbol  

Star Symbol

Meaning of Star symbol  

Bear Symbol

Meaning of Strength symbol  
  Sun Symbols

Sun Symbols

Meaning of Sun symbol  

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  

Meaning of Thunderbird symbol  
  Trickster - Coyote

Meaning of Trickster symbol  

Turtle Symbol   Turtle Symbol

Meaning of Turtle symbol  

Meaning of Twins symbol  

Arrow Symbol

Meaning of War symbol  

Water Symbol

Meaning of Water symbol  

Meaning of Warrior symbol  
  White Soldiers

White Soldiers Symbol

Meaning of White Soldiers symbol  

Winter Symbol

Meaning of Winter symbol  


Meaning of Wolf symbol  
  Wolf Tracks

       Wolf Tracks Symbol

Meaning of Wolf Tracks symbol  

Meaning of the Woman symbol  

Yei Symbol

Meaning of the Yei symbol  
  Zuni Bear

Meaning of Zuni Bear symbol  

List of Symbols


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Pictures and Videos of Native Americans
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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