Hopi Tribe Symbol Glossary

Hopi Symbol Meanings

Lema’s Kokopelli Gallery carries a wide variety of Hopi jewelry made by amazing Hopi artist, Veryl Pooyouma. You can learn more about Veryl at this link.
Below is a glossary to help you better identify some of our more popular Hopi symbols.

Badger Paw Symbol
Badgers are revered as healing animals and as tenacious hunters. Their tracks may signify health and strength. This badger paw Hopi symbol has a prayer feather in the palm.

Bear Claw Symbol

The bear claw symbol can often represent leadership and authority. A bear claw symbol can be mistaken for a badger paw, however, a bear symbol claws are typically shorter than the badger claws.

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Beetle Flute Player Symbol
The Hopi beetle flute player symbol…

Butterfly Symbol
The Hopi butterfly symbol is known to represent change and balance.

Dawa Sun God Symbol
The Hopi “Dawa” Sun God symbol…

Eagle Prayer Feather Symbol
The Hopi eagle prayer feather symbol has been thought to have powers that guide the mind and body in a direction of hope, courage, and strength. Below are a few examples of Hopi eagle feather symbols.

Flute Priest (Kokopelli) Symbol
The Hopi flute priest symbol…

Friendship Symbol
The Hopi friendship symbol is meant to symbolize two hands clasping each other. This symbol is also known as the brotherhood symbol.

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Kokopelli Kachina Mask Symbol
The Kokopelli Kachina mask symbol is…

Priest Symbol
The Hopi priest symbol is…

Kiva Symbol
The Hopi kiva symbol represents the point where people first emerge from darkness to light. The circle motif represents what the Hopi call the sipapu. A kiva is a ceremonial structure that is usually round and partly underground. Below are two different examples of the Kiva symbol.

Lightning Symbol
The Hopi lightning symbol can represent power, or speed, often in reference to the warriors in the Hopi tribe. Below are four different representations of the lightning symbol.

Parrot Symbol
The Hopi parrot symbol is seen as a directional guardian, associated with the south. Below are two different Hopi parrot symbols.

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Prayer Feather Symbol
The Hopi prayer feather symbol is a representation of trust, strength, wisdom, freedom, and honor. A very respected symbol.

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Prayer Stick Symbol
The Hopi prayer stick symbol…

Quail Symbol
The Hopi quail symbols are considered to represent modesty and humility, as the quail was considered a modest and humble bird. Below are two representations of the hope quail symbol.

Rain, Rain Cloud Symbol(s)
The Hopi rain and rain cloud symbols are considered a positive symbol to wear and display as water is a substance of life. Below are three different rain cloud symbols on the top row and six different rain symbols on the second row.

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Roadrunner Symbol

The Roadrunner symbol represents speed (despite their small size, roadrunners can run faster than humans,) bravery (roadrunners kill and eat rattlesnakes,) and endurance.

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Turtle Symbol
The turtle symbol represents mother earth.

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Whirlwind Symbol
The whirlwind symbols were used to bring rain clouds by the Hopi tribe. Below are 4 different variations of the whirlwind symbol.

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