Mini Canvas Print
Gerald Dawavendewa (Hopi & Cherokee)
I’itoi Ki: or I’itoi’s House refers to the Creator called Elder Brother who travels to his home in a circular path. This path also represents a person’s own journey through life, each turn symbolizing a life-changing event. At the end of the path, a niche allows one to reflect on one’s life before journeying onward to the center. Behind the maze is a Hohokam motif representing the clouds and water that is vital to desert people. Surrounding the path are people in a ceremonial dance holding hands celebrating the coming of the rains.
Once known as the Papago, The Tohono O’odham (People of the Desert) who reside in what is now southern Arizona, can trace their legacy to the prehistoric Hohokam (Huhugam - O’odham for “Those who have gone”) who are known for their extensive canal engineering. The O’odham continues this ancient tradition of adapting and thriving in a desert rich in life.