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White Soldiers Symbol

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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.

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.


Graphical characteristics:
Asymmetric, Closed shape, Monochrome, Contains both straight and curved lines, Has crossing lines.

Category: Native American Symbols.

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