Meaning of the Strength Symbol
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 Strength symbol.
Native American symbols were
geometric portrayals of celestial bodies,
natural phenomena and animal designs.
Animals were drawn as symbols which were taken
as spiritual guides and stood for the qualities
and traits of the animal that the symbol
represented. Native American bird and
animal symbols and totems are believed to
represent the physical form of a spirit helper
The Bear symbol was important as it represented
a protector and symbolized physical strength and
leadership. Bears are strong, agile, and quick.
The black bear and the Grizzly were native to
North America and strongly associated with
Meaning of the Strength
Symbol and the Bear Symbol
Some Indians believed that it was possible
to draw strength and power from a bear by dreaming of
one, by killing and eating part of one or by
even just touching a bear. These actions made a
warrior strong and invincible. The meaning
of the Bear symbol was to signify
strength and was viewed as a good omen.
Picture of an Iowa Indian wearing a
Grizzly Bear Necklace
Many paintings on this website show Native
American Indians wearing necklaces made from
the claws of the grizzly bear. Because of the Indians'
beliefs that the bear had spiritual power,
wearing a bear claw necklace meant strength,
protection and good health to the Indian
wearing it. The necklace was not just an
adornment it conveyed the strength of a
man who had killed such a strong animal.
Symbols of Strength
There were other images that were recognised
a strength symbol. In
Symbolism, the color of red used in
War Paint symbolised strength, violence,
war, blood, wounds, energy, power and
success. The Hand
symbol represents strength, spiritual
power, domination and protection.
The meaning of the
was to signify strength, courage and wisdom
and its purpose was as the messenger to the
The Zuni Bear
symbol is believed to protect your home
whilst you were away, its inherent powers
providing help to the owner. Its strength
are therefore passed on to the owner.
Symbol - Meaning
There were so many tribes of Native American
Indians it is only possible to generalise
the most common meaning of the Strength symbol 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 and clothes. Indian
Tribes also used their own
for Symbols and designs depending on the
natural resources available to make
Native American Paint.