Symbolism of The United Cherokee Nations of Indians-Aniyvwiya Emblem
The dreamcatcher speaks of native heritage and the combined dreams and aspirations of, in this case, The United Cherokee Nation of Indians.
The webbing radiating out from the center like a spider web speaks, on one level, of the ability to catch and hold those dreams. On another level it symbolizes the interconnectedness of all life. As it stretches out from the middle, it reaches toward the Ultimate, where all being and purpose originate.
The webbing extends to a circle which is the circle of Cherokee existence as well as the totality of creation.
The heart in the center, of course, represents the Cherokee motto: Matters of the heart. The Cherokee concept of “the right way” is closely related.
Seven Star Points
The seven star points represent the different Cherokee clans and the colors represent their different functions and responsibilities.
The laurel branch is a symbol for peace, which the United Cherokee Nation of Indians desires. The crown configuration also denotes victory, which we will always obtain.
Golden Eagle Feather
The feather is that of the golden eagle which, from Cherokee antiquity, was the sacred messenger between Earth and Sky. It is attached to the circle and the attachment is terminated by sacred beads, showing our concern for the “right way” of living, thinking and acting.
The colored stones enmeshed in the webbing mirror the star points and signify the various clans’ understanding of their position, importance and responsibility to The United Cherokee Nation of Indians and, indeed, the rest of creation.