Gerald Dawavendewa (Hopi & Cherokee)
A parrot gathers berries encircled with leaves. For the Hopi, these colorful birds are friends with the sun and rainbows. The Parrot's colors invoke the sun's rays which give growth to the plants and as the rainclouds part, it is the sun who shows the rainbow, a reminder of life-giving moisture. The Pueblo people have traded these colorful birds from Mesoamerican people since 750 C.E., representing a long history of contact among native people in the Americas.