Adventures in Native American Symbols

At a Cub Scout meeting recently we worked on Elective 10f – “Learn 12 American Indian word pictures and write a story with them.” The wolf manual has three pages of symbols, which we used, and I found a few more symbols and a helpful page on the internet.

I found this website that had a list of words and showed examples of stories:
http://nativeamericans.mrdonn.org/stories/symbols.html

Here are some pages I used for more symbols:
http://www.alltribes.com/native-american-symbols
http://www.native-american-market.com/native_american_symbols.html
http://s3.hubimg.com/u/652926_f496.jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs279.snc1/10619_163045383522_159280288522_3547555_4340419_n.jpg
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/tv/printables/TCR/1557346070_147.pdf

This was a tie-in project. We had just visited the Pendleton Woolen Mills and talked about the Native American Blankets and the symbolism in the weaving. On the drive back I gave the boys a clipboard, paper and copies of the pages and they wrote their stories using the symbols.

If there was time, I would have bought this book: “Symbols of Native America” by Heike Owusu.
http://www.amazon.com/Symbols-Native-America-Heike-Owusu/dp/0806963476/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1288041689&sr=1-2#_

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Update 1:
I remembered another book from long long ago that would be good for this project. When I was in Campfire (back when it was Campfire Girls) there was a book called “Your Symbol Book,” by Frances Loomis Wallace and Earlleen Kirby. It includes symbols for different areas of the country, patterns to photocopy and cut out and examples of stories. It is also out of print so it must be purchased on the used book market.
http://www.amazon.com/Your-symbol-Frances-Loomis-Wallace/dp/B0006ASN5S/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1294936024&sr=8-2

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Update 2:
Here is the website for Pendleton Woolen Mills:
http://www.pendleton-usa.com
Their website also has a large history and information section on the Native American Blankets: http://www.pendleton-usa.com/custserv/custserv.jsp?pageName=Heritage

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One Response to Adventures in Native American Symbols

  1. leslieaross says:

    I remembered another book from long long ago that would be good for this project. When I was in Campfire (back when it was Campfire Girls) there was a book called “Your Symbol Book,” by Frances Loomis Wallace and Earlleen Kirby. It includes symbols for different areas of the country, patterns to photocopy and cut out and examples of stories. It is also out of print so it must be purchased on the used book market.

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