Recreated by Gerald Dawavendewa (Hopi & Cherokee)
Also known as the “Man in the Maze” it is one of the more well-known designs that is found in Tohono O’odham culture. I’itoi Ki: or I’itoi’s House refers to the Creator called Elder Brother who travels a circular path to his home. This path also represents persons own journey through life, each turn symbolizing a life-changing event. At the end of the maze, an alcove allows one to reflect on one’s life before journeying onward to the center. Surrounding the maze are people in a ceremonial dance celebrating the coming of the rains. Behind the maze is a Hohokam image with a water motif representing the clouds and rain 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.