Four is the sacred number of Zia, and the figure is composed of a circle from which four points radiate. These points made up of four straight lines of varying length personify the number most often used by the giver of all good gifts.
The the Zia Indian, the sacred number is embodied in the earth, with its four directions: in the year, with its four seasons; in the day, with the sunrise, noon, evening, and night; in life, with its four divisions- childhood, youth, manhood, and old age. Everything is bound together in a circle of life and love, without beginning, without end.
The Zia believe, too, that in this great brotherhood of all things, man has four sacred obligations; he must develop a strong body, a clear mind, a pure spirit, and devotion to the welfare of his people.
Being a Native New Mexican I wanted to represent the wonders and love that was taught to me by traditions and beliefs over the years of growing up there. After getting permission from the tribal elders of the Zia pueblo I was able to incorporate this great symbol and it’s meaning into my work. A huge thank you goes out to the wonderful people of the Zia Pueblo.