Meaning of the Protection 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 phenomena and animal designs. The Protection symbol is depicted as two arrows within a circle. The weapons were symbols of the major form of defence for the American Native Indian and the circle was another powerful symbol. A circle around another Native American symbol signifies family ties, closeness & protection. The circle has no break and cannot be broken. The black center circle depicts the air symbol which represents life.
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Additional Protection Symbols
There are many icons that symbolize protection in the culture of the Native American. The meaning of the Wolf and Wolf Tracks symbol symbolized direction and leadership and embodied both protection and destruction.
The meaning of the Turtle symbol signifies good health and long life. The hard shell of the turtle represents perseverance and protection.
The hand symbol represents spiritual power, strength, domination and protection.
The meaning of the above single arrow indicated protection and defence.
The bear had spiritual power, wearing a bear claw necklace meant protection and good health to the Indian wearing it.
Picture of a Missouri Indian wearing a Grizzly Bear Claw Necklace
The Iroquois Confederacy - The Tree of Peace
Dekanawida, the Great Peacemaker and Hiawatha united the 5 nations to create the Iroquois Confederacy. The Great Peacemaker used a white pine, called the Tree of Peace, to symbolize the peace and friendship that had been established. The branches of the Tree of Peace represented protection. A far seeing eagle sat upon the top of the tree to symbolize a warning system if the tribes were in danger. Beneath the roots of the Tree of Peace a weapon was buried which symbolized that there would be no fighting between the Iroquois tribes.
Tree of Peace and Protection
Protection 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 Protection 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 Protection symbol or pictogram. Every symbol used by an American Native Indian had meaning which can be accessed from Symbols and Meanings.
The Protection Symbol
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Pictures and Videos of Native Americans
Protection. 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 - Protection. 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.