Gerald Dawavendewa (Hopi & Cherokee)
When Taawa the Sun crosses the sky there is a time when Muuyaw the Moon travels opposite of Taawa that they face each other with Tuuwaqatsi (Earth, the Fourth World) who stands between them. Taawa brings light to the Fourth World that does not shine full upon Muuyaw.
"Codex Taawa" is an artwork series celebrating a long history of the Hopi as sky watchers and early astronomers. Living in a desert where life is a delicate balance, understanding and interpreting the earth and cosmos helps in living in a challenging environment. Taawa is the Hopi word for the Sun this name refers to many of the Codex images which depict various celestial events.