Native American symbols have been used for generations to communicate thoughts, expressions and beliefs. From prehistoric rock drawings, called petroglyphs and pictographs, to the use of symbols incorporated into jewelry and craft designs. Because there were very few Native Americans written languages (one of the few, the Cherokee written language was invented by Sequoya), images used as symbols were extremely important.
Many of the images below can be found used in Navajo and Zuni jewelry.
The information above was supplied by impact photo-graphics.
There are many other symbols that are used:
HUMMINGBIRD....joy, healing, soul carrier or sunkisser
For more in depth information on the hummingbird, go to hummingbirds
KOKOPELLI....According to the many stories about him, this humped-back flute player has a bag of songs on his back and is said to travel from village to village. His songs bring fertility to the crops, to women who desire to have children; he entertains the children and his songs also bring healing and love.
BEAR....power, protection and strength
EAGLE....strength, courage, wisdom and keen sight
WOLF....a guide, intelligence, steadfastness, protection
BUFFALO....abundance, generosity, strength, survival
ARROW....protection (The Apache would attach turquoise to their arrows for protection)
GILA MONSTER....sign of the desert
HORSE....swiftness / journey VIEW HORSE JEWELRY HERE
SNAKE....defiance / wisdom
DEER TRACK....plenty game
WATER WAVES....constant life