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The Sun
, giver of life, warmth, growth, all
that is good. This is a style of showing the sun
as the face of a kachina mask. Similar styles
are seen throughout the Southwestern Indian
cultures. May or may not also show "rays"
signifying the four directions
The Zia
, named for Zia Pueblo, who first used
it, this is another symbol of the sun, and also
of the four directions and the circle of life on
earth. It also may be connected with the place
of emergence, the sipapu, in stories. When
New Mexico became a State, in 1912, the Zia
was adopted as the symbol for the State Flag.
It appears as the sun in red, to honor the Indian
Nations, on a yellow field (yellow was the
royal color of the Spanish crown carried by
the conquistador Coronado in 1540, the date
of his entrance into New Mexico, at Zuni and
the first recorded European contact with North
American Indian people) and flys outside our
gallery's front door
Life and Choice, depicted in this common
symbol, "the-man-in-the-maze" was originally
created as an illustration of an emergence
story by the Tohono o'odham or Papago
Indians of the Central Valley in Arizona.
TRhe little man is named "U'ki'ut'l" in their
language. It has been adopted by other people
because it is significant of life's cycles and
eternal motion and also of the choices we are
confronted with. The right choices lead us to a
point of harmony with all things, no matter
how hard or long the road taken. This symbol
is especially utilized by Hopi silversmiths as a
way to showcase the quality of their
technique.