Thomas Doty – Storyteller



Though the circle symbol appears fairly simple, its meaning can be subtle and complex. Meaning is often dependent upon its placement with other symbols, sometimes called affinity. The circle is an important symbol in the rock writings, frequently-used and extremely versatile.

There are two basic concepts associated with this symbol....

The circle is at the heart of native world view, and so it makes sense that the circle symbol is used in so many ways ... as eyes to locate and watch, heads to communicate (two heads connected by a line), to give direction (circular spirals). to express ideas of place (circle with a dot), completeness (a rope with the ends tied to make it a circle), the life-giving sun (a circle with rays attached).... It's a long and varied list.