Meaning of the Saddlebag or Pouch 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 Saddlebag symbol. Native American symbols are geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs. The meaning of the Saddlebag symbol was to the represent the concept of a journey. The term 'saddlebag' is incorrectly used as, although the Native American Indians of the Great Plains were accomplished horsemen, they usually rode without saddles. The Indians did, however, use various types of pouches. The two basic styles of American Indian bags were soft pouches, made of tanned animal hides (usually deerskin), and parfleche, made of stiff rawhide. The picture below shows a beautifully decorated Apache Pouch.
The Saddlebag Symbol - Meaning
There were so many tribes of Native American Indians it is only possible to generalise the most common meaning of the Saddlebag symbol or pattern. 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 and designs depending on the natural resources available to make Native American paint.
Native American Indians - Saddlebag Symbol
Native American Indians had a highly complex culture, especially those who lived on the Great Plains.
Their religion was dominated by rituals and belief in a spiritual connection with nature and these beliefs were reflected in the various symbols they used such as the Saddlebag symbol.
The clothes, tepees and all of 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. Every symbol used by an American Native Indian had meaning which can be accessed from Symbols and Meanings.
The Saddlebag Symbol
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Pictures and Videos of Native Americans
Saddlebag. 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 - Saddlebag. 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.