Published on March 24, 2013 by Amy
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 Hawk symbol. Native American symbols are geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs. Native American bird and animal symbols and totems are believed to represent the physical form of a spirit helper and guide. The hawk symbol is believed to represent a bringer of messages and warnings of change. For additional information please refer to the Meanings of Bird Symbols.
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The strength of the hawk symbol is also depicted as the Guardian and Protector of the Earth Mother and all her children. 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.
The feathers of the Red-tailed Hawk are considered sacred to many Native Americans and, like the feathers of the Eagle, are sometimes used in religious ceremonies and rituals. For additional information refer to Power Animals. Red-tailed Hawk feathers adorned the regalia of many Native Americans including headdresses.
Hawk Myth and Legend: In Cherokee mythology Tlanuwa was the name given to two giant raptors meaning the “Great Mythic Hawk” and was a variation of the Thunderbird and Piasa Bird myths found in other Native American tribes and cultures. Tlanuwa was said to live in the caves of a high cliff near the Little Tennessee River in Blount County. According to Cherokee legend, the Tlanuwa raptor was a monster that flew up and down the river in search of prey, carrying off small children. In Lakota Sioux mythology, Cetan is the name of a hawk spirit associated with the east and the qualities of speed, dedication and good vision.
There were so many tribes of Native American Indians it is only possible to generalise the most common meaning of the Hawk symbol or pattern. Native Indian symbols are still used as Tattoos and were used for a variety of reasons and depicted on numerous objects such as tepees, totem poles, musical instruments and clothes. Indian Tribes also used their own Colors for Symbols and designs depending on the natural resources available to make Native American Paint. Use symbols as ideas and designs for American Indian Tattoos.