Category Archives: Native American Culture

20 Zuni Fetishes and Their Meanings

20 Zuni Fetishes and Their Meanings

Steeped in history and significance, Zuni fetishes are presumed to boast magical powers that ward off evil, safeguard the mind and body, and protect against universal plights. It’s for this reason that American Indians regard fetishes with paramount importance. To properly honor fetishes the Zuni house them in sacred pots and pouches and sometimes adorn them with feathers, turquoise, and arrowheads… Continue Reading

Snake: Its Meaning & History in Native Culture

Snake: Its Meaning & History in Native Culture

Snakes figure prominently in Native American culture. In the Ojibwa and Pueblo tribes, the ability of snakes to shed their skins associated them with fertility and new life. The Hopi people see the snake as deeply connected to the underworld. As part of the annual snake dance, participants release snakes so that they can deliver requests… Continue Reading

What is a Dreamcatcher? Native American History & Meaning

What is a Dreamcatcher? Native American History & Meaning

Dreamcatchers are one of the most well-known Native American symbols. Many people love dreamcatchers as decorations, but few know the history and meaning behind the item. Like many crafts, dreamcatchers have a rich and fascinating backstory. If you’re interested in dreamcatchers, it’s important that you understand their history and symbolism. Learning about the item helps us respect and appreciate Native culture.… Continue Reading

Navajo Nation Flag: Meaning Behind the Symbols

Navajo Nation Flag: Meaning Behind the Symbols

Embedded with ancient symbols of protection and references to traditional creation stories, the Navajo Nation flag has served as a proud representation of its people since 1968. Designed by student Jay Degroat, the drawing reflects the sacred art form of sand painting. Mapping Diné Bikéyah The main image in the center of the Navajo flag depicts… Continue Reading

The Lizard in Native American Culture

The Lizard in Native American Culture

Walking along desert trails, hikers may see small animals scurrying away as they approach. Lizards live in many regions of North America. However, since they are cold-blooded reptiles, the largest number are found in the southern regions where the climate is warm for most of the year. Lizards are especially prevalent in the desert southwest… Continue Reading