Native American Designs

Native American designs have been popular for a number of years. Many of these designs have become such an integral part of everyday life that we no longer identify them as being Native American. For those who want to learn more about Native American culture, understanding the meanings behind these designs is a good place to start.

As with many aspects of Native American culture today, there are a number of Native American designs which aren't Native American at all. Some designers simply use elements which they feel are Native American while other designs have become corrupted over time and have lost their true significance. Original Native American designs are unique and can be easily distinguished if you really know what you are looking for.

Birds, Animals, Spirits
Most Native American designs tell a story of some sort when viewed as a whole. In this way, tribes were able to pass on histories in the form of woven blankets with special designs. As a result, most individual symbols have a unique meaning. Most Native American designs represent aspects of nature, such as rain, the morning star or the sun. Other designs represent birds or animals, animal tracks or feathers. There are also special designs which represent spirits. There are a number of special border designs as well which represent night and day, water, renewal and the cycles of life. Most tribes have their own unique border designs.

A popular way of using Native American designs today, especially among the younger generation is by using them as tattoos. While tribal tattoo art does exist, many youngsters today opt for Native American designs as a symbol of Native American pride. But before getting an actual tattoo, it is a good idea to make sure your design is authentic and has a meaning which you are aware of. If you are looking to claim tribal identity with the design, make sure you do so without offending the tribe or its elders.

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