Mini Canvas Prints
Gerald Dawavendewa (Hopi & Cherokee)
Two corn maiden spirits sing prayer songs of rain among corn plants to welcome the approaching rain clouds. Dragonflies gather above the rain clouds. Corn is very important in Hopi culture. When the Hopi people first came to this world, Tuuwaqatsi - the fourth world to the Hopi, they chose a small blue corn representing their life: a life of long existence and challenges. In a ceremony to bring a child into this world, it is a perfect ear of white corn that symbolizes the mother of a child. Corn is used for food, flour, and for ceremonies and prayer. Corn is symbolic of the Hopi women, for they both give life and sustain the people and their culture.