Shield, and dragonfly, Galisteo dike, NM.
Photo Peter Faris, 1988.
Tribes of the Great Plains also see desirable military qualities in the dragonfly. Its straight flight can be reminiscent of the flight of an arrow and its quick zigzag darting makes it hard for an enemy to strike. The Cheyenne warrior Yellow Nose had these qualities in mind when he painted a dragonfly on his war shield.
Cherry, Insect Mythology, 2000, p. 109.