Friday, 3 August 2012
The above picture of an Iowa warrior illustrates the mysterious and intimidating symbols of his war paint. All of our articles are accompanied by pictures, paintings and many have videos - all bringing the subject of Native American Symbols to life and enabling a better understanding of the secret messages that they hold. Traditional Native American pictures were usually flat, highly colorful, and two-dimensional. Native American symbols were geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs.
Native American Symbols can vary in meaning from one tribe to another and across different regions. These symbols were used for a variety of reasons and on depicted on numerous objects. War paint, body decoration, used by Indian warriors contained secret symbols - even horses were painted with symbols. Many were spiritual in nature conveying religion and beliefs. Others conveyed immediate secret messages to other tribe members identifying specific clans. Some Native American symbols were specific to individual families and passed down from one generation to another. Others had a practical purpose such as providing directions or indicating a good hunting or designating an area for a specific purpose.
Symbols and signs were used for a variety of different reasons in the Native American culture and were depicted on numerous objects and articles used by the men and women of the tribes.