To understand the significance of many Native American symbols, we need to look at their culture and their way of life and try to understand it. After all, the Native Americans used symbols to pass on their history, ideas, and thoughts to future generations. This is true for the Native American camp symbol.
The camp symbol in Native American culture is used to represent a Native American settlement. Its use meant that the area beyond or around the place where the symbol was placed. The reason was using a camp symbol is dependent on the structures and buildings that Native Americans called their homes.
The houses that Native Americans typically used are called tepees. Tepees are tent-like camps that were used by a large number of the Plains tribes as their homes. A tepee was constructed using wooden poles with animal hides being used as the covering and making the tent. The hides that were typically used by the Native Americans for constructing tepees include buffalo hides and any hides from big animals such as cows or moose if the Native American tribe was situated towards the North.
"Water for Camp" by Charles Marion Russell
The reason for the camp symbol happens to be the arrangement of the tepees in a Native American symbol. The tepees used to be many in number and situated close to each other in just a single space, much like how a camping spot these days would look but with tepees rather than huts or modern camps.
The camp symbol represents a key aspect of Native American culture and can be seen even today. It represents the feeling of home and togetherness and can thus be seen as tattoos and scribbles in modern Native American settlements, with tattoos of the camp symbol among other still popular among the Native Americans living today.