Native American Bird Signals

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Native American Bird Signals
Native American Bird Signals

Unlike symbols that represent something else than what it is, Native American Bird Signals are usually an indicator of what is clearly associated with it.

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The Catbird signifies communication or language and it means that someone needs to be careful about what they say and the people they talk to.

Chickens are known to quickly run away from danger. When they sense that danger is getting too close, they take off with a loud noise that startles their predator. To Native Americans, it signifies protection and community.

Condors soar high and it signifies new aspirations through death and rebirth. They are also known to inspire and restore balance.

A corncake is elusive in nature. And when it makes a noise, it is so loud that everyone notices. To Native Americans, a corncake is a signal of adversity that would come anytime soon.

Goose signifies travel and new adventure and anyone associated with it is driven to provide safety net to the people around them. It is because geese migrate to warm places during winter. And when they migrate, they never leave anyone of their kind behind. When one of them gets injured during their migration, one of them stays with it.

A hawk flies so high that to Native Americans, it signifies a special blessing from God for you to see a larger picture of what is really going on. When a Native American see a hawk, they think of it as a message from their Creator that they should soar high above their problems so that they can fulfill their life’s purpose.

When a grackle shows up, Native Americans think of it as a sign that it’s time to deal with emotions that they have been keeping inside. The color of grackle is black and its head is surrounded by purple, bronze and blue colors. To them, grackle signifies a situation that’s not always what they appear to be. It is due to the fact that grackles live in pine trees in which they use the essence to of pine to ease some feelings of guilt.

Hoopoes are good at detecting upcoming storms and earthquakes. They usually feel it and make adjustment 12 hours before they happen. Native Americans consider hoopoes as a sign to focus into your energy in order to get connected to Mother Earth for balance.

Aside from bird signals, Native Americans also use smoke signals to communicate to one another. Since most of them live on plain lands, it is easy to see the smoke signal even from afar. The messages were sent by changing the puffs of smoke from short to long and depending on the tribe; each of the smoke patterns conveys different meaning.

Fire signals were also used by Native Americans and it was usually used at night. When they run around the fire or in front of it, it produces a motion signal that they can easily understand.

And finally, Native Americans also use a universal sign language to communicate to other tribes who speak a different language.

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