Published on March 25, 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 Saddlebag symbol. Native American symbols are geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs. The meaning of the Saddlebag symbol was to the represent the concept of a journey. The term ‘saddlebag’ is incorrectly used as, although the Native American Indians of the Great Plains were accomplished horsemen, they usually rode without saddles. The Indians did, however, use various types of pouches. The two basic styles of American Indian bags were soft pouches, made of tanned animal hides (usually deerskin), and parfleche, made of stiff rawhide. The picture below shows a beautifully decorated Apache Pouch.
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There were so many tribes of Native American Indians it is only possible to generalise the most common meaning of the Saddlebag 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, clothes and War Paint. Indian Tribes also used their own Colors for Symbols and designs depending on the natural resources available to make Native American paint.