Meaning of the Spring & Summer symbols
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 Spring & Summer symbols. Native American symbols are geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs. For additional information on this subject refer to Star Chart & Astrology. The meaning of the Spring & Summer symbols was to signify the passing of time. A clever, simple way to symbolize and record the seasons. The Native Indians had no clocks but used the environment to measure time. The cycles of nature, the cold and warm seasons of winter and summer, organised task related work especially agricultural life such as the planting seasons. Rituals and special ceremonies were also scheduled by nature. Seasons are marked by the turning of the sun on the solstices. The Summer Solstice marks the onset of summer, at the time of the longest day, about June 21 in the northern hemisphere, often referred to as Midsummer.
The Summer Symbol - Mythology
Abenaki Summer Myth: The Abenaki Summer deity 'Niben' represents summer. Her stunning beauty forced Pe-ben, the winter deity, to retreat to the north. Siguan was the Spring deity, he was a young male who loved the season of summer, and brought her to the north every spring.
Summer Solstice Celebrations
Native American Indians have celebrated both Solstices and equinoxes from ancient times as deeply meaningful. Many Native American stone structures are aligned with the position of the Sun. The Southwest Native Americans marked the Summer Solstice with various celebrations and rituals. The Natchez tribe worshiped the sun and every summer they held a 'first fruits' ceremony. The Hopi and Pueblo tribes marked this time by dressing up as Kachinas - the dancing spirits of rain and fertility. At the time of Midsummer, the Kachinas were believed to leave the villages to spend the next six months in the mountains, where they were believed to visit the dead underground and hold ceremonies on their behalf.
The Spring & Summer symbols - Meaning
There were so many tribes of Native American Indians it is only possible to generalise the most common meaning of the Spring & Summer symbols 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.