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February 11, 2002

Common Indian Symbols used in Indian jewelry and their generally accepted meaning

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This article contains a chart of commonly used symbols in modern Indian jewelry designs, along with a brief explanation of the symbol’s meaning.

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American Indian Symbol for Man

MAN

life


American Indian Symbol for Waterhouse

WATERHOUSE

American Indian Symbol for Cactus

CACTUS

Sign of Desert


AMerican Indian Symbol for Days and Nights

DAYS-NIGHTS

time


American Indian Symbol for Snake

SNAKE

Defiance


American Indian Symbol for Bird

BIRD

Free of Worry


American Indian Symbol for Thunderbird Track

THUNDERBIRD TRACK

Bright Prospect


American Indian Symbol for Hogan

HOGAN

Longtime Home


American Indian Symbol for Arrow

ARROW

Protection


American Indian Symbol for Big Mountain

BIG MOUNTAIN

Great Abundance

American Indian Symbol for Kokopelli

KOKOPELLI

Flute Player

American Indian Symbol for Gecko

GECKO

Sign of Desert

American Indian Symbol for Water Running

WATER RUNNING

Constant Life

American Indian Symbol for Oak Twig

OAK TWIG

Summons the Holy

American Indian Symbol for Arrow

ARROW

Alertness

American Indian Symbol for Seasons

SEASONS

Winter Summer Spring Fall

American Indian Symbol for Eagle Feather

EAGLE FEATHER

Sacred

American Indian Symbol for Broken Arrow

BROKEN ARROW

Peace


American Indian Symbol for Crossed Arrows

CROSSED ARROWS

Friendship


American Indian Symbol for Teepee

TEEPEE

Temporary House


American Indian Symbol for Rain Clouds

RAIN CLOUDS

Good Prospect


American Indian Symbol for Sun Rays

SUN RAYS

Constant

 


American Indian Symbol for Bear Paw

BEAR PAW

Good Omen

 


American Indian Symbol for Peace Pipe

PEACE PIPE

Ceremonial Sacred


American Indian Symbol for Path

PATH

Crossed


American Indian Symbol for Headdress

HEADDRESS

Chief


American Indian Symbol for Horse

HORSE

Journey


American Indian Symbol for Lightning

LIGHTNING

Swiftness

American Indian Symbol for Rain

RAIN

Plentiful Crop

American Indian Symbol for Deer Track

DEER TRACK

Game Plentiful

American Indian Symbol for Bear

BEAR

Strength

American Indian Symbol for Eagle

EAGLE

Freedom

American Indian Symbol for Mountain Range

MOUNTAIN RANGE

Destination

American Indian Symbol for Sun

SUN

Happiness

American Indian Symbol for Child

CHILD

Fathers Pride

American Indian Symbol for Thunderbird

THUNDERBIRD

Unlimited Happiness

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