Category Archives: Navajo

10 Important Navajo Symbols and Their Meanings

10 Important Navajo Symbols and Their Meanings

Rooted in tradition, family, and pride, the Navajo are people who lead dedicated lifestyles. These Native American tribes are tethered to their beliefs, which is why they regard Navajo symbols with paramount importance.These Navajo symbols are visible in Navajo Etched Pottery, Navajo Kachina Dolls, Ceramic Jewelry and Keepsake Boxes, and other Navajo art. To get… Continue Reading

Navajo Thunderbird: Myth and Meaning of this Powerful Symbol

Navajo Thunderbird: Myth and Meaning of this Powerful Symbol

The Thunderbird is one of the best-known Native American symbols. Thunderbird is a frequent subject of Native American totems, jewelry, drawings and petroglyphs. What is the meaning of this ancient symbol? Thunderbird Is a Recognized Symbol The Thunderbird is central to Native American mythology. Thunderbird images appear in the artworks of Plains, Southwestern, Northeastern and… Continue Reading

Navajo Ceremonial Masks and Their History in Native American Culture

Navajo Ceremonial Masks and Their History in Native American Culture

In Navajo history, masks represent the peoples’ interest in nature and spiritualism. With masks, tribe members are able to reveal their feelings and emotions toward particular things. When making them, Navajo people had the chance to demonstrate their creativity utilizing materials they could easily acquire, like wood, leather, feathers, and cloth. Using Navajo Masks Navajo artifacts like masks were worn during battle, shaman… Continue Reading

Honoring the Navajo Code Talkers

Honoring the Navajo Code Talkers

Throughout the course of the 20th century, code talkers played a huge role in the success of the U.S. military. Code talkers were military personnel who utilized obscure languages in order to communicate secret tactical messages during times of war. From the Cherokee code talkers who served alongside British soldiers during the Second Battle of… Continue Reading

The Native American Wedding Vase

The Native American Wedding Vase

Every culture has its own traditions and customs when it comes to weddings, and Native Americans are no different. One cherished tradition centers around a wedding item still used in Native American weddings today: the wedding vase. A Native American wedding vase is unlike any vase people generally think of. They are visually designed in… Continue Reading