Dragonflies (Thuswecha) were seen by Native Americans in a variety of ways; Lakota Warriors would paint Dragonfly symbols on their shields, believing that they would protect them against the enemies arrows and bullets. Additionally, the Lakota also understood the Dragonfly to be their Ancestors visiting them. They would come to the Lakota to help and guide the people. The Dragonfly is the messenger, always reminding the people to grow in harmony with nature and the sacred circle.
"The Dragonfly design, which I have also entitled, Visits from the Ancestors, came about through my observation on my trips to the Badlands. The Badlands is a place where I have always felt connected and amazed at all the things around me. I was talking to my cousin one day, and he reminded me that it is our ancestors that are checking up on me when I see all these Dragonflies..... I had forgotten this and when he reminded me, I wanted to honor my relatives with this design. To the Lakota family, and ancestors are a very important part of our lives. We are always communicating with them through ceremony or daily conversations "........... Melvin War Eagle.