Symbol Stories Illustration

Native American
Symbol Stories

Warnings:  In olden times, Native Americans drew pictures on hides, on rocks and on bone. Some of their drawings were for enjoyment. Others had to do with their religion. Some of their pictures were messages. Some messages were left as warnings to others.

Symbol Stories: Native Americans symbols told a story. For example, a story might be, "In the year of the plenty food, people had time to talk together."  In time, a sign for talking together was created.

Native American Symbols: Here are some actual symbols used in olden times:

Bear Alive Brother Talk Together
Campfire Bad Make Peace
Fear  Camp

Story #1
These symbols tell a story
Can you figure it out? Scroll down for the answer.

Story #2
What story do these symbols tell? Scroll down for the answer.

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Story #1: Answer:
My brother and I talked together
and made peace at the campfire.

Story #2: Answer:
People, be afraid (careful), there is a bear near the village.