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Ever since a non-Native anthropologist lifted the sacred Zia symbol for the New Mexico state flag contest in the 1920s, it’s appeared on everything from beer labels to album covers to t-shirts. Rarely does anyone using it think to ask Zia Pueblo first. The tribe unsuccessfully tried to copyright the symbol. In recent years, the state of New Mexico has taken steps to formally recognize the symbol’s origin. We’ll explore its history, meaning and subsequent popularity.
Peter Pino (Member of the Pueblo of Zia) – tribal council member of the Pueblo of Zia, former governor and former tribal administrator for the Pueblo of Zia
Rachel Moore (Hopi) – curator of the exhibit at the IPCC
Michael Padilla – New Mexico state senator
Chris Lang – owner of Organ Outfitters
Break 1 Music: The Pueblo (song) The Jir Project Band (artist) The Pueblo (album)
Break 2 Music: Vipismal – The Hummingbird Song (song) Earl Ray (artist) Traditional Songs Of The Salt River Pima (album)