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What is the meaning of the bear paw,it is on a great deal of jewelry. Thank you,
In Arts | Asked by happy2
Asked from the Navajo study pack
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The bear paw is used in many different things...

1) Is is a shell native in the West Indies

2) Is is a type of snowshoe (in Canada)

3) Some people also call it a Bear Claw- which is a type of pastry

3) In native art it sybolizes a connection with the bear, or spirit of the bear (spirit bear, grizzly bear, black bear etc) the bear showed gentleness, but could also be fierce. All in all, the bear was a magnificent creature that they respected. They knew a mother bear would fight to protect her cubs, just like any mother would do. She could also be gentle and quiet, however, and she was just as good a hunter as the Indians.  The brown bear stands for courage, strength, protection and life.

The spirit bear is an all-white bear known as Kermode Bear. However, for the Native American culture, the Kermode bear is known as the Spirit Bear.(I'm from BC, which is where this bear is native)

According to one of many Native American stories, the spirit bear was made white by the creator of the universe to remind its people the past period of time known as the ice age. It was said that the creator did this to remind the native people of the previous hardship living in all the snow and ice. In addition, in some tribes, the white spirit bear stands for harmony and peace.

The Grizzly bear is often found in Indian paintings and engraved in jewelry, the grizzly was a sign of strength.  Native American Indians regarded the grizzly bear with awe and respect. Early hunting tribes noticed that these bears had very complex behaviors. Many native tribes thought of the bear as a "god". American Indians saw that these grizzlies were large and very strong animals that could move quickly in spite of their size.

Hope this helps.

SisterSpin | 1734 days ago
Other Answers
The bear paw is found in many Native American works of art, and is seen as a symbol of strength and healing. The bear is a sacred animal to Native Americans, an thus when a bear is killed, every part of the animal is used. In a Native American healing ritual called a Sweat Lodge bear grease is applied to areas that need healing in a symbolic expression of respect for the bears strength and medicinal qualities.
masterplan | 1732 days ago

The bear and its tracks have individual meanings that are somewhat linked together.

Bear: The bear is the protector and symbolizes physical strength and leadership.

Bear Paw: The paw is a symbol of direction and power.

The bear paw may also be a symbol in reference to a name, depending on the circumstances, but in jewlery, it is likely in reference to giving guidance and strength to the wearer.

Dormarth | 1729 days ago
Its used for some buisnesses to represent who made it or what style it is, like a logo.
pbizzy420 | 1728 days ago