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The woman or women who created this work may have descendants in more than one contemporary Native-language community. In an effort to be both respectful and accurate, Mia has left this label untranslated.
Swirls of concentric circles adorn this pot made by a Hohokam female artist a thousand years ago. The Hohokam people lived in the desert Southwest, in an area that includes modern-day Phoenix. They created miles of sophisticated canals to irrigate their crops. These irrigation canals were so well made that they provided the structure upon which Phoenix’s water system is based to this day. The Hohokam art of ceramic making, with its durability and variety, was also highly complex, developed during the same period as their earliest canals.