I'Itoi Ki: Maze Of Life

I'Itoi Ki: Maze Of Life

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Recreated by Gerald Dawavendewa (Hopoi & 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 persons 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 pathway is a Hohokam motif representing the clouds and water that is vital to a desert people.

Once known as the Papago, the Tohono O'odham (People of the Desert0 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 continue this ancient tradition of adapting and thriving in a desert rich in life.