The examples below are a small sample of the total number of symbols used by the Great Plains people. Not every tribe used these same examples, however, as with sign languages, they were often used as a common means of communication to convey a central idea.

 


BADGER- the
ability to reach a desired goal, industrious
BEAR -
strength, inner power to perceive ones present circumstance
BEAVER
-
progressive
builder, one who promotes family unity
BUFFALO -
steadfast endurance to rise above one's
weakness
COYOTE
- ability to laugh at oneself, humor
EAGLE
- a soaring spirit that transcends personal problems, a
connection to the Divine
FOX -
camouflage, protection, stealth; intuitive, resourceful
FROG -
for centuries able to petition the spririts to bring forth abundant
rain; calm, flowing
HORSE -
one of only two fetishes that have innate healing powers;
speed
MOUNTAIN LION
- leadership, resourcefulness
RAM - used
to procure an increase of herds; perseverance, agility,
loyalty
RAVEN - this
bird's beak is scratched across an afflicted person's skull
releasing it's healing powers
SNAKE - a
powerful fetish symbolizing life, death and rebirth; friend of
dreams
TURTLE - a
symbol of long, meaningful life
WOLF -
teacher, path finder on the never ending journey for survival;
strong character, tenacious