Native American Designs the Focus of New Website

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NativeAmericanDesigns.org explores origins and history of Native American designs.

Native American Designs
Many modern societies don’t understand Native American symbolism, and often fail to recognize various Native American designs incorporated into rugs, clothing or jewelry.

Native American symbols and designs reveal various aspects of Native American culture, and uniquely separate each tribe—artistically and symbolically. Before written language existed, Native American designs and symbols were utilized to convey a vast array of important images, and used pictures to portray complex representations and messages. Many of these historical Native American designs were incorporated into pottery, jewelry and clothing.

Now, a new site is taking an in-depth look at the origins and history of Native American designs.

“Many modern societies don’t understand Native American symbolism, and often fail to recognize various Native American designs incorporated into rugs, clothing or jewelry,” says NativeAmericanDesigns.org spokesman Martin Scherer. “Often, modern designs are updated renditions of prehistoric symbolism, and portray a recycled motif or message.”

Archaeologists have discovered many petroglyphs within rock formations, and have determined featured designs’ ages. In some areas, designs date back thousands of years. These symbols have been preserved through the continuation of art, and contain Native American secrets and stories.

Southern Arizona and the Southwest are both host to fantastic Native American displays, and feature circular maze depictions upon many rock faces. These maze depictions often include stick figures, and depict the emergence of story. Usually, stories of the Papago Indians are revealed through these designs. These tales have been adopted across various Native American cultures, and represent a multitude of meanings—including life cycles and moral virtues.

Among the most well-known Native American symbols, the Kokopelli is chief. The Kokopelli is frequently featured in Native American art, jewelry and clothing, and depicts fertility within its symbolism. The Kokopelli is honored by many Southwestern tribes, and has been featured upon many petroglyphs across the Southwest United States.

Other important Native American symbols include the frog, the hand and the deer.

Feathers, too, are considered important within Native American culture, and are featured within many designs across Native American tribes. Feathers are considered sacred, and are often found upon stones and clothing. Stones, themselves, harbor intense meaning. Blue and green turquoise stones have been located within ancient Native American sites, and are believed to have been utilized during ceremonial events.

“On this website, visitors can learn all about Native American designs,” says Scherer. “They can learn about each symbol’s importance, and match important designs to different tribes. We provide a multitude of legends and stories behind the symbols, and have some truly fascinating tales that have survived hundreds of years.”

For more information pertaining to mythological influences and designs, please visit NativeAmericanDesigns.org. Visitors can access a large information database, and learn about Native American clothing designs.

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