Colors & Meanings Among Native Americans

Colors & Meanings Among Native Americans

Native Americans use beautiful and distinctive designs and colors in everything from clothing to face paint. Did you know that those colors have specific meanings? They are used symbolically to tell stories visually and they represent a wide range of things from elements in the natural world to personal characteristics and more.

Red

The color red symbolizes both violence and strength. It was typically used for war paint, but when used for face paint it represents happiness and beauty. When painted as a zigzag symbol on the forehead, the red paint indicates a connection to Thunderbird, a legendary bird figure in Native American mythology who creates thunder.

Blue

In addition to representing the color’s natural manifestations like the sky, rivers, and water, blue also symbolizes wisdom, sadness, and females. The Hopi even consider blue their most sacred color and use it to honor their gods.

Green

Green is particularly connected with nature, representing earth, summer, hills, mountains, and more. Symbolically, green is meant to indicate harmony and endurance. Green is even thought by many Native Americans to have healing powers.

Yellow

Many meanings are associated with the color yellow. While it represents sunshine and dawn, it also represents death. When worn on clothing or as face paint, yellow indicates that the wearer is brave and even willing to fight to the death.

If you’re looking to give a gift or decorate your house with items that tell stories through these symbolic color meanings, Kachina House can fulfill your needs! From handcrafted pottery to beautiful jewelry pieces, we offer unique and stunning Native American arts and crafts.

 

 

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