Indian Sign NOT swastika
Utah Cox (cox@VT8200.VETMED.LSU.EDU)
Fri, 7 Jun 1996 11:21:04 -0500
CHUCK BRAMLET <chuckb@AZTEC.ASU.EDU> wrote:
>The magazine explained in the editor's
>note following that letter, that the swastika was painted there by the
>Indians themselves, 700 years ago.
>The Hopi actually used both versions: one to represent the migration of
>the clans with ceremonies, and the other, with the arms turned in the
>other direction, to represent the migrations of the clans without
>ceremonies, who followed the "Sun Father".
I have a beaded bridle, made by my father in the '20s, that includes many
symbols including one that is often confused with a swastika. However, the
arms are oriented the opposite way. My father (a part Tsalagi) told me it
was an Indian Good Luck sign.
Also, when my father was in the Oklahoma National Guard, their symbol was
this same Indian Good Luck sign. Some time prior to WWII, the symbol was
changed to a thunderbird because of its similarity to the Nazi symbol. A
pity that a cherished symbol could no longer be used.
Istrouma (Red Stick) Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City