Native American Symbols

This page lists all the various symbols in the Native American Symbols category.

The indigenous peoples of the Americas are the pre-Columbian inhabitants of North and South America and their descendants. Pueblos indígenas (indigenous peoples) is a common term in Spanish-speaking countries. Aborigen (aboriginal/native) is used in Argentina, while "Amerindian" is used in Guyana, but not commonly used in other countries. Indigenous peoples are commonly known in Canada as Aboriginal peoples, which include First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Indigenous peoples of the United States are known as Native Americans or American Indians and Alaskan Natives.

Symbols in this category:

Avanyu Symbol

The Avanyu symbol is one of the many snake-like deities that figure in the mythology of some Native American tribes, notably the Pueblo.

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Badger tracks

Identifying animal tracks of the Badger indicates a need for us to deal with creative powers.

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Bear (zodiac)

Bear: Aug 22 - Sep 21

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Bear tracks

Bear tracks indicate reflection and self-observation. Hibernation is also a form of self- reflection.

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Beaver (zodiac)

Beaver: Apr 20 - May 20

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Beaver Moon

November : Beaver Moon

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Bobcat tracks

Identifying animal tracks of the Bobcat indicates a balance between body, mind and spirit.

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Brothers Symbol

The Brothers symbol is depicted in almost every creation story among the Native American Indians.

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Butterfly Symbol

The meaning of the Butterfly symbol signifies transformation as the ugly caterpillar changes into the beautiful butterfly.

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Cactus Symbol

The Cactus is native to arid regions of America and is a plant which is adapted to extremely dry and hot environments having the ability to conserve water.

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Chunkey Symbol

The Mississippians were a highly competitive people and enjoyed the challenge of high stakes gambling and competition. Chunkey was the favorite game of the Mound Builders.

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Cold Moon Signs

December : Cold Moon Signs

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Cross in a Circle 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 Cross in a Circle Symbol.

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Crow (zodiac)

Crow: Sep 22 - Oct 22

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Crow Moon Sign

March : Crow Moon Sign

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Days and Nights Symbol

The meaning of the Days and Nights symbol was to signify the passing of time.

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Death Symbol – Ojibwa Gravepost

The Ojibwa tribe marked the death and burial of a tribe member as shown in the picture of an Ojibwa Grave post – refer to grave post symbols.

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Deer (zodiac)

Deer: May 21 - Jun 20

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Dog tracks

Dog tracks indicate servitude, loyalty, compassion and respect.

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Drum Symbol

The meaning of the Drum symbol was to signify the heartbeat of mother earth.

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Duck tracks

Identifying animal tracks of the Duck indicates a need for patience and calm.

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Eagle Symbol

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

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Falcon (zodiac)

Falcon: Mar 21 - Apr 19

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Fertility Symbol – Kokopelli

The distinguishing features of the Kokopelli fertility symbol are his hunchback, his dancing pose and his flute. The hunch on his back represented the sack he carried which might contain seeds for the harvest, the songs he carried and rainbows.

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Flower Moon Sign

May : Flower Moon Sign

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Fox

In terms of symbolism, the fox is one of the more interesting creatures that you’ll ever come across; not only does it hold symbolic importance in a number of diverse cultures, but the nature of that importance can vary quite widely from one culture to another, and sometimes even within cultures. While some of its meanings are quite well known, the fox also represents concepts that may not be immediately obvious to the causal observer.

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Fox tracks

Fox tracks indicate observance, and family affairs.

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Gila Monster Symbol

The meaning of the Gila Monster symbol was to signify preservation and survival and used as a sign of the desert.

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Goose (zodiac)

Goose: Dec 22 - Jan 19

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Goose tracks

Identifying animal tracks of the Goose indicates single-mindedness in purpose and deed.

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Great Serpent Symbol

The Great Serpent symbol is one of the many Winged or Feathered snake-like deities that figure in the mythology of most Native American tribes.

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Great Spirit Symbol

The meaning of the Great Spirit symbol was to signify the divine power that created the world.

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Hand Eye Symbol

The Hand Eye symbol featured strongly in the Mississippian culture. The following picture shows the Hand Eye Symbol surrounded by the Horned Serpent.

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Harvest Moon

September : Harvest Moon

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Hawk Symbol

The strength of the hawk symbol is also depicted as the Guardian and Protector of the Earth Mother and all her children.

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Heartline Symbol

The meaning of the Heartline symbol was to signify life force.

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Horse Symbol

The meaning of the horse symbol was to signify mobility, stamina, strength and power. It was so revered by some tribes that the horse also represented loyalty, love and devotion.

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Hunters Moon

October : Hunters Moon

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Indian Camp Symbol

The meaning of the Indian Camp symbol was to signify an Indian village consisting of tepees.

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Maize (Corn)

For many of the native peoples of the Americas, maize is one of the most prominent symbols found throughout their cultures. While commonly referred to as “corn” by many people today, in this article “maize” will be used exclusively to avoid any confusion.

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Muskrat tracks

Identifying animal tracks of the Muskrat indicates resilience, detachment and adaptability.

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Oppossum tracks

Opossum tracks indicate cunning, sharp wit, but more importantly - detachment.

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Otter (zodiac)

Otter: Jan 20 - Feb 18

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Owl (zodiac)

Owl: Nov 23 - Dec 21

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Owl Symbol

Choctaw Owl Myth: The Choctaw deity ‘Ishkitini’, or the horned owl, was believed to prowl about at night killing men and animals.

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Piasa Symbol

The Piasa was believed to be a supernatural deity, similar to a dragon or mythical bird, who resided in the Underworld with the spirits associated with death and destruction.

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Porcupine Tracks

Identifying animal tracks of the Porcupine indicate innocence, faith, and wonder.

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Raccoon Symbol

The Raccoon symbol was seen as a magical icon as it was perceived to be an expert at disguise and secrecy.

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Rain symbol

The meaning of the Rain symbols were very important as water in every form as one of the most vital elements for the sustenance of life. Rain symbols signified renewal, fertility and change.

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Raven

Although the raven has a widespread reputation for ill fortune, this is not the case everywhere you go, and even where it is, there are subtle layers of meaning assigned to this bird that some may not be aware of.

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Raven tracks

Raven tracks indicate a message to us beyond time and space.

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Red Horn Symbol

The Red Horn symbol featured strongly in the Mississippian culture. The Mound Builders believed that Red Horn was one of the five sons of Earthmaker whom the Creator formed with his own hands and sent to earth to rescue mankind.

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Saddlebag or Pouch Symbol

The meaning of the Saddlebag symbol was to the represent the concept of a journey.

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Salmon (zodiac)

Salmon: Jul 22 - Aug 21

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Seed Moon Sign

April : Seed Moon Sign

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Snake (zodiac)

Snake: Oct 23 - Nov 22

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Snow Moon Sign

February : Snow Moon Sign

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Spider

The fear of spiders, or arachnophobia, is far from uncommon in today’s world. What is uncommon, however, is a deeper understanding of the immense symbolic importance this creature has to many cultures.

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Spider Symbol

The Spider symbol featured strongly in the Mississippian culture of the Mound Builders and the legends and mythology of the Native American tribes. Spider Woman, or Spider Grandmother, strongly feature in Hopi myths served as a messenger and teacher for the Creator and was an intercessor between deity and the people.

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Strawberry Moon

June : Strawberry Moon

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Sturgeon Moon

August : Sturgeon Moon

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Sun Symbol

The Sun symbol was of great importance to all of the Native American Indian tribes. The sun symbol is depicted in a variety of ways, three of the symbols are shown on the image.

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The Deer Track

Symbol of prosperity, well being, safety and the abundance of prey. Directional indicator and as a clan symbol.

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The Hand

Representing presence, work, and the achievements of man in his/her history.

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The Hope Symbol – The 8 Pointed Star Symbol

The 8 pointed star symbolizes hope and guidance. A circle around other Native American symbols signifies protection.

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The Symbol of Life – Man in the Maze

The Symbol of Life in the Man in the Maze symbol depicts a human figure at the entrance of a maze that has only one path.

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Thunder Moon Signs

July : Thunder Moon Signs

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Thunderbird Symbol

The Thunderbird symbol is one of the most dominant icons in Native American Indian culture and art.

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Turtle Symbol

The turtle is a sacred figure in Native American symbolism as it represents Mother Earth. The meaning of the Turtle symbol signifies good health and long life.

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Turtle tracks

Identifying animal tracks of the Turtle is to identify Mother Earth herself.

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Twins Symbol

Twins Symbol

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Warrior Symbol

The Warrior symbol featured strongly in the Mississippian culture. They were a warlike people and this is indicated by the image. In his hand he holds a war club which was a bludgeoning weapon and in his topknot is another motif which reflects more weaponry.

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Water symbol

The hawk is believed to be in a continuous fight, protecting people from the evil spirits of the air and is closely associated with forces such as rain, wind, thunder, and lightning and sometimes referred to as ‘thunderers’. According to Iroquois legends and myths the ‘Thunderer’ was armed with a mighty bow and flaming arrows.

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White Soldiers Symbol

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.

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Winter Symbol

The meaning of the Winter symbol was to signify the passing of time. A clever, simple way to symbolize and record the passing of time.

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Wolf (zodiac)

Wolf: Feb 19 - Mar 20

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Wolf Moon Sign

January : Wolf Moon Sign

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Wolf tracks

Wolf tracks indicate the presence of a teacher, and spiritual energy.

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Woodpecker (zodiac)

Woodpecker: Jun 21 - Jul 21

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wünelfe

Arauco star

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