Strength Symbol

Bear Symbol

The Bear and Strength Symbol

Native American Symbols, like the Strength symbol, can vary in meaning from one tribe to another and across the culture groups of North America. 

Discover facts and information about the meanings of secret and mysterious symbols used by Native American Indians in our List of Symbols including the Strength symbol.

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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 through Symbols 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 and guide. 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 strength.

The 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.

Additional Symbols of Strength
There were other images that were recognised a strength symbol. In Color 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.

Handprint Symbol

The meaning of the Eagle symbol was to signify strength, courage and wisdom and its purpose was as the messenger to the Creator.

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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.

The Strength 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 Tattoos 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 Colors for Symbols and designs depending on the natural resources available to make Native American Paint.

Apache Hide Painting

Native American Indians - Strength 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 Strength 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.

Bear Symbol

The Strength Symbol



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Pictures and Videos of Native Americans
Strength. 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 - Strength. 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.


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