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
and Signs such as the Spring & Summer
Native American symbols
geometric portrayals of celestial bodies,
natural phenomena and
For additional information on this subject refer
Star Chart & Astrology.
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
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
- 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.
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
and were used for a variety of
reasons and depicted on numerous objects such as tepees, totem poles, musical instruments, clothes
War Paint. Indian
Tribes also used their own
for Symbols and designs depending on the
natural resources available to make
Native American paint.