All the ancient peoples who inhabited the vast expanses of our planet had gods or idols whom they worshiped. There were also different animals that were endowed with the functions of the defenders of the tribe. In addition to various cave paintings of gods, archaeologists often find, during excavations in different places, Indian statues with images of gods and animals. This proves once again that a lot of time has passed since the statuette appeared, and that it was of great importance to man. Figurines of different nationalities and tribes are of great interest from a historical and cultural point of view.
Background: “By the time of European colonization, the Indian tribes of Central America had a highly developed culture, which was destroyed by the conquerors. Wood carving was especially developed among the Indians. It is found among the Indians of North America (northwest coast) and among the tribes of South America. Various gravestone and totem poles are widespread here, where a combination of fantastic patterns and scenes from real life is observed. Among the Indian tribes, the craft of weaving, embroidery, making feather jewelry, weaving, making clay products and various figures was widespread. The original culture of the Indians in many areas disappeared after colonization, and in a number of places it gave rise to the folk art of the Indians of colonial and modern times. ”
Native American tribes made totems (objects of religious veneration). Totems could be images of animals, plants, or natural phenomena. The Indians were animal figures. They were usually made from any improvised materials, most often from wood. Such totems performed the function of not only protecting the tribe from evil forces, they were also the main symbol of each kind. Each tribe of the Indians had its own figurine depicting an animal. This figurine had an impact on the life of any member of this genus. She helped them in the hunt, protected from natural phenomena and evil spirits. Using the generic totem, the Indians communicated with the outside world: with animals and plants. Because from childhood they believed that everything around them was living.
In addition to tribal totems, each member of the tribe had their own personal figurines. How were they made? In order to choose an animal protector, a member of the tribe went into the forest. He sat in a secluded place and waited until he saw an animal that was the first to leave the thicket of the forest. It was this animal that became his personal protector from all troubles, and he revered him. The made figurine of such an animal has always been with any member of the tribe in any situation.
Chief in the Indian tribe was a shaman. He was the keeper of the figurine of the tribe. The shaman resolved all the important issues that arose in the tribe, cured of diseases, was a mentor and teacher of young Indians. With his help, they could go into an independent life without fear. According to the tribe of the Indians, the shaman had a special magical power, a connection with the ancient spirits. With the help of various tricks and figures, the shaman was able to take the form of different animals. Ancient Native American figurines had all the same religious and religious significance.
Currently, Native American figurines are a wonderful souvenir, not only decorating housing, but also performing the role of a talisman and amulet. You can choose a figurine from a whole set of Native American totems, they are separated by time of birth. Native American figurines have magical powers that will always come to the aid of their owner. Having such a statuette at home, it is necessary to treat it not just as an interior item, but to read it and be aware of all its greatness and strength. Then it really will protect you from troubles and bring prosperity and happiness.