Native American Symbols

Native American Symbols
We are often asked by customers about the meaning of designs used in American Indian arts and crafts, particularly on jewelry and pottery.  While it is true that many design symbols represent specific ideas or things taken from a native american cultural context, it is also true that many are only peripherally related to the culture or religious beliefs of a particular tribe. What is significant to one tribe may or may not be meaningful to another tribe, or it may be interpreted in a different way. Many symbols are just an artist’s interpretation of a pleasing pattern or patterns that look good together.In this section, we shall discuss some of the most common symbols found in native american art, crafts, and cultures.



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Common Hopi Symbols

Here are some common Hopi symbols.

Indian symbols used on the hunting horse

Since the Indian hunting horse had different duties than that of a war horse, a different set of symbols were used to aid the hunting horse and his rider. Designed to help the Indian hunter in finding the buffalo herd, … Continue reading

Indian symbols used on the war horse

While the symbols used and their meanings varied from tribe to tribe, there were some common symbols that were widely used on the Indian war horse. In this article, you will find explanations of some symbols which Indians used to decorate their war horses.

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