Published on March 21, 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 Star symbol. Native American symbols are geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs. For additional information on this subject refer to Star Chart & Astrology. Winter counts are pictorial calendars or histories in which tribal records and events were recorded in picture writing naming each year (winter) by an outstanding event. Many of the Plains tribes including the Lakota Sioux, Blackfoot, Mandan and Kiowa used winter counts extensively. The Star symbol was used to produce a picture records. The star symbol was used to describe a famous event that occurred in 1833 – which we call the Leonid meteor shower. This fantastic meteoric display took place on the morning of November 13, 1833 and was was witnessed throughout North America. This event was recorded in several Native American Winter Counts – using the star symbol to predict the event. The stars are represented having four points. The event was recorded using the star symbol by four tribes referring to the event as the ‘Year the stars fell’.
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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 Star 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.
Native American Indians had a highly complex culture, especially those who lived on the Great Plains.
Their religion was dominated by rituals and belief in a spiritual connection with nature and these beliefs were reflected in the various symbols they used such as the Star symbol.
The clothes, tepees and all of his belongings was decorated with art and included symbols depicting his achievements, acts of heroism, his various spirit guides or the most important events in his life. Every symbol used by an American Native Indian had meaning which can be accessed from Symbols and Meanings.