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The occurrence of the labyrinth symbol in the American Southwest is both widespread
and shrouded in mystery. How, and more importantly when, the symbol first reached
this region is unclear. However, it forms an important theme in the traditional stories
of the Hopi, Akimel O’odham, Tohono O'odham and Yaqui peoples. Labyrinth petroglyphs
found throughout Arizona, New Mexico and the northern states of Mexico are difficult
to date, but provide the earliest evidence for labyrinths in the Southwest. Today
the labyrinth remains popular and is found as the familiar "Man in the Maze" motif
on hand woven baskets, silverwork and pottery produced by the native peoples of Arizona,
especially the Tohono O’odham and Navajo.
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