I'Itoi Ki: Maze of Life
Mini Canvas Print
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 a persons own journey through life, each turn symbolizing a life changing event. At the end of the maze a 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.