The sun has been symbolically used throughout history in different regions and cultures. Additionally, it has been recognized as a cosmic power which is why it is seen in many artifacts and writings. Within Native American culture, it was significant in all the tribes. Here’s why it was of great importance.
The Sun’s Power
It is well known that Native Americans were, and still are, spiritual people. The energy of items and nature play an important role in how their traditions were built and passed on.
The reason it was an essence in their everyday life was that it was one of the natural phenomena that govern life. Since it is the provider of heat and light, it facilitates the growth of plants for food. Hence, why it is seen as the governor of life.
Although the sun played a pivotal role in Native American tribes, the significance was different within each community.
Symbolism of the Sun
Below are the various meanings and significance of it with each Native American tribe.
The Seven Rays
This sun is the most common amongst Native American tribes. In the design, it has seven rays which represent the seven energy centers within humans. This symbol portrays a peace-loving person. Also, it represents any entity evolved enough to have an internal light that it radiates the outside world.
The Navajo Sun
This type of sun is seen with feather arrangements which are used to record war stories and heroic events. Also, it is related directly to the sun where it connects to creation.
The Hopi Sun
The symbol represented the heart of cosmos and handles passion, growth, and vitality. Furthermore, it is a symbol of creative and natural energy.
It was said that the sun was a supreme god sent from the Hopi’s dependence for the growth of corn and other crops.