The robin symbolizes joy and a sense of renewal. Robins got this symbolic meaning because seeing them is one of the first visual signs that spring is on the way. They are a sign that it's time for people to come out of their homes and enjoy nature again.
Some Native American tribes of the Great Plains attributed the sun and its return in the spring with the robin, according to old customs. This is because the dawning of the sun and the red chest of the robin are similar in color. Native Americans also believed that the yellow beak of the robin is symbolic of the rays of the sun. This is why they view the robin as a ray of hope. The Omaha tribes even believed that the sun set and rose with the wings of the robin.
Other tribes, including the Shoshone and Iroquois, believe that the rings around the eyes of the robin are a symbol of great wisdom and clarity. In old customs, these tribes called upon the robin during ceremonies to provide them with a clear understanding of what they needed to do. This is also why the elders of the tribe called on robins during moments of uncertainty.