Migration
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Gerald Dawavendewa (Hopi & Cherokee)

A Hopi migration symbol is surrounded by four directional colors with corn designs connected to lighting lines, a symbol of rainstorms providing moisture to the land and life.

The migration design holds two paths, the white lines depict the journeys of the Hopi clans to the four directions. Clans traveled outward from this center to the four directions and would eventually return to a place that the Hopi see as the center of their universe. The brown line is the personal journey through life, each turn representing a challenge or change in one’s life. Surrounding the migration symbol are the four directional colors: Yellow (North West), White (North East), Red (South East), and Turquoise (South West). Upon each color is a corn ear, a life-giving crop adapted to grow in a desert.