Native American art, the hand usually represents the presence of man. From
the earliest hand imprints on cave walls, the hand depicts a man's work, achievements
and his personal history.
When a hand
had a swirl in the middle of it, that is said to be the "eye in hand"
and represents a mystic, or all-seeing, hand, the presence of the Great Spirit
A Native American's horse
was highly honored and often covered in symbols for various purposes. This would
vary from tribe to tribe but hand prints were often used in various positions
on a horse to mean different things.
most prized handprint was when preparing for battle, if it was a kill-or-be-killed
mission, an upside-down hand would be placed on the warrior's horse.
a horse knocked down an enemy, right and left hand prints were put on the
The Pat Hand Print
was the left hand pressed onto the horse's right hindquarters. It was put on a
horse who had returned from a dangerous mission with his master unharmed.
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