Native American Symbols: A Spiritual History

Native American Symbols: A Spiritual History

Wide-open plains, bison grazing among wildflowers…the tableaux of the long-ago American landscape showcase the limitless horizon and natural wonder. This rich, rugged land also gave birth to a powerful language of symbols for many Native American tribes, which are still revered today.

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Light as a Feather Early Native Americans said that when a feather falls to the earth, it transfers the energy from the bird to a human being. It is perceived as an unexpected gift – one that arrives unforeseen, but not without purpose. For example, plumage from a raven (called the “Bringer of the Light”) is thought to impart knowledge. To channel this symbol of enlightenment, check out our Feather Charm Bangle or Godspeed Charm Bangle. A Guardian Arrow Indigenous people wore hand-carved arrowheads as a talisman around the neck as means of protection from illness and against the Evil Eye. Not only would the symbol protect them from their enemies, it could also absorb their opponent’s power. The Strength of the Bison The American bison provided many Native American communities with food, clothing, and even shelter. Because of this, the bison skull is regarded as a symbol of strength and supernatural powers, a uniting force between things earthly and spiritual. Channel the inner strength of this iconic creature with our Spirited Skull Necklace. Horns of Plenty Bighorn sheep also played a major role in Native American life. Since their curved horns continue growing throughout the animal’s life, this totem is believed to stimulate mental activity and creativity over time. Tap into heightened vitality and imagination with the Horn Necklace. Check out other pieces of spiritual armor and select something that speaks to you from our Fall collection. Written by Joanna Powell