Yes that is correct! The Sun stood for happiness, the bird was balance and the circle around the nostrils was for sensing danger.
My dad's side of the family is Cherokee, ha ha. I know more about the symbols for hunting buffalo though then I do about the war paint. Though I am sure some of them were interchangeable.
This painting session began as an educational lesson, but pretty soon all kinds of handprints, hearts, stars, smiley faces and TnT logos were on him.. oh well! We tried :) Drifter soaked up the attention and love! Even when my niece brought out some hot pink paint and a tiara. I will have to post that pic! It was hilarious