Montana Blackfoot Indian Tribal Colors
Blackfoot Tribal Colors
All Native American tribes have what is known as tribal colors. Each color has a special meaning. Although most colors have similar meanings among the tribes, each tribe has their own colors which they use in ceremonies and everyday life.
The Montana Blackfoot nations colors are blue, black, green, purple, red, white and yellow.
The significance of the colors is as follows:
Blue represents the heavens, the skies. Using the color blue integrates the spiritual world with the earth world.
Black indicates bravery. It also represents the West, which is the direction from which storms come. It shows the sacredness of water and the life derived from water.
Green is an indication of Spring and new growth. Green ribbons are used during prayer ceremonies.
Purple represents the female and male aspects of all things. During ceremonies where both men and women would attend the ceremonial pipe may have purple cloth wrapped around it or it may be laid on a purple cloth.
Red is representative of the spirit of the creator and the spiritual nature of man. Red naturally represents the blood of ourselves and our ancestors.
Yellow stands for the creator and the power of the creator. The yellow of the sun shows it’s power to create and make things grow.
White indicates Winter, the winter of our lives or old age. White shows wisdom. It also represents enlightenment and visual clarity.
The direction North symbolizes old age and wisdom.
East represents the beginning of day.
South is the direction of youth and the direction that things grow in. Notice how plants lean toward the sun and grow.
West shows the direction from which storms and winter come. It also represents water which is a gift from the creator. Water is life.
Winter puts things to rest so they are reborn in the Spring.
While many believed that “war paint” indicated war and rage, it was not true. It was actually protection and a sharing of their beliefs. Since black stood for bravery and red for the blood of ancestors it was considered a protection from harm.