Zuni Fetish Bear Figurines with Copper, Gemstones & FeathersNative American Symbols, like the Zuni Bear symbol, can vary in meaning from one tribe to another and across the culture of groups in North America. The Meaning of the Bear Symbol: Native American Indians were a deeply spiritual people and they communicated their history, thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation through symbols and signs such as this Zuni Bear symbol. Native American symbols are geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs. The Bear symbolizes the most powerful of animals who is believed to the Guardian of the West and has the power to heal and to transform passions into true wisdom. The Zuni Bear Symbol-Fetish has been used throughout history as an object of magical powers. Native Americans of the Zuni tribe believe if you place a small amount of corn meal under the nose of a Zuni Bear image when you leave your home will be protected while you are away. Its strengths are therefore passed on to the owner.