African & Native American Infused Folk Art, Home Decor, & Fashion. Mustee Folk Art Circled Earrings and painted Medallions represents the universal circle symbol of both the African and Native Americans. To the Native North American Indians, the circle is the sun, the moon and her children ,man and woman. The circle symbol meaning in conjunction with the Native medicine wheels. The medicine wheel gives the sense of the integration of spirit and man, combined for the purpose of greater spiritual understanding and evolution. Overall the circle symbol represented the four elements (air, fire, water, & earth), the changing of the seasons, death & rebirth, and the first four tribes of mankind. In African and African-American culture, the circle is a very important symbol. The circle of the community surrounds the individual and supports him or her in dance—and in successes and failures in life, that includes all aspects of tradition life. The Circle of Life is a true meaning!