Last week we covered traditional Native American tattoo designs, and the trend of Native people looking to connect to their roots. It's possible for a non-native to get one of these tattoos also, though it would be wise to go to an artist specifically trained in and educated about tribal symbols. You wouldn't want to get a tattoo with the wrong meaning, representing a tribe you didn't intend or even in a location not meant for your gender.
Another option for those who want to honor the Native legacy in our country or for whom Native Americans have a special, symbolic meaning may want to play it safe with a modern design instead.
Totem animal symbols are an example of non-traditional tattoo that many might find appealing. Animals have specific meanings in Native cultures and come into our lives to deliver messages or share their power with us. If you see a particular animal comes across your path in a significant way in life or even in your dreams, that animal may be a spirit guide for you. You can also look up Native American Astrology to see what animal sign you were born under too.
Dream catchers are another symbol of Native culture that are popular, both as decorations and tattoos. In this one, we also have a Native American morphed with a wolf placed in the middle, another way of representing the Native belief that humans can take on the power of animal spirits to help and guide them in life.
Many people also choose realistic representations of Native chiefs or warriors for tattoo designs. While none of these would have appeared on the bodies of actual Native peoples in past history, they are a way of representing a love of Native culture in a more personal, individual way, using whatever symbolism is most appealing to you.
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