I was recently asked for a Native American symbol for mother, to which I respond.
Dear Maternally Instinctive,
There are two Native American symbols for mother that come to mind.
The first (shown left) is the Hopi Tapuat – the mother child symbol. The lines represent stages of life, umbilical cord, and the path of moving – always within the watchfulness of the Mother. The center symbolizes the amniotic sack – the center of life – the beginning. This piece is also refered to as the Journey symbol.
The next symbol (shown left) is the Navajo nahas-tsan beh-assun – Mother Earth. Traditionally painted in turquoise, and marks on her body symbolize corn, pumpkin, tobacco and beans – all life giving elements to the Navajo. She is rarely seen without her counterpart – Father Earth (yash-diklith beh-hasteen).
I would encourage you to do further research on your own about the Native American culture and their perceptions of the mother concept. These are only two symbols from two tribes…there are far more Native American symbols for mother than just these.
Further, take the time to meditate upon these concepts for yourself. You’ll be amazed at how much the Native American energies are willing to share when you come with an open heart and mind as well as a sincere desire to learn.