Gerald Dawavendewa (Hopi & Cherokee)
Image is from an original painting created on white buckskin that was sent aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in April of 1994.
In the center is the Sun - Taawa. Above the sun are the symbols of the Earth, the Fourth World to the Hopi people, and below the moon. Radiating from the sun are markings representing the milky way. Within the stars are four corn plants, a symbol of the f our directions and of the life that inhabits the fourth world. This is all encompassed by a rainbow - a symbol of life. Placed with the Earth Bundle was a Paaho, a prayer feather for the blessings and prayers for the Astronaut’s journey. Six Navajo stone fetishes were also included and the whole was blessed by a Tohono O'odham spiritual healer.