Meaning of the White Soldiers Symbol Native American Indians were a deeply spiritual people and they communicated their history, thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation through various symbols. Native American symbols are geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena, animal designs and representations of actual events. The White Soldiers symbol, showing figures wearing hats, distinguished them from Native Indians. The following picture shows a a drawing made in 1875 by two Indian guides on a piece of birch bark which clearly shows the White Soldiers symbol. The drawing illustrates an over night stop and was placed upon an upright pole. Its purpose was to inform fellow Indians that a party of 14 white men and 2 Indians had encamped at the place. The slant of the Birch-bark pole showed the direction of the proposed march, and three notches in the wood of the pole showed that it was to be a three-day expedition.
Native American Indian Birch Bark drawing showing the White Soldiers symbol
The meanings of the other symbols are as follows:
The eight men in the upper row, with hats on, and with muskets beside them, represent the eight white soldiers
Number 1 (end of second row) represents the officer in command, with a sword
Number 2, with a book, the secretary
Number 3, with a hammer, the geologist
Numbers 4, 5 and 6 are attendants, one of these being the interpreter
Numbers 7 and 8 represent the two Indian guides, who are distinguished as Indians by being without hats
Number 11 represents a prairie-hen
Number 12 represents a tortoise, which had been eaten by the party
Numbers 13, 14, 15, mean that there were three separate camp fires.
The White Soldiers Symbol is a Pictogram The White Soldiers symbol is in a fact a pictogram. A pictogram, also called a pictograph, conveys a story and meaning through pictures that signify and resemble the shapes of physical objects or people. An Ideagram is another form of pictogram which conveys complex ideas, feelings and emotions. A pictogram, such as the one recognised as a White Soldiers symbol, is a therefore a form of writing which uses representational, pictorial drawings to tell a story.
White Soldiers Symbol and Pictogram The religion of Native Americans was dominated by rituals and belief in a spiritual connection with nature and these beliefs were reflected in the various symbols and pictograms they used such as the White Soldiers symbol. 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, refer to Color Meanings & Symbolism, and designs depending on the natural resources available to make Native American paint. 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 and included the White Soldiers symbol or pictogram. Every symbol used by an American Native Indian had meaning which can be accessed from Symbols and Meanings.
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