Paavönmanàtuy - Young Corn Plants
Paavönmanàtuy - Young Corn Plants
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Gerald Dawavendewa (Hopi & Cherokee)

A couple plants seeds to grow a corn plant, A symbol of life for the Hopi people. Corn is not only an important food source but has great spiritual meaning and plays an important role in ceremonies.

This image shows a maiden who has cared for the best seeds from the past harvest. She plants them in a place prepared by her companion who uses a "hangwànpi", a digging stick. below a fish, frog, and turtle remind us of the life-giving water. Katsinam, spiritual beings watch over the couple as dragonflies play around a rain cloud which brings life to the couple and plants.