Published February 19, 2019
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) located at 2401 12th St. NW is opening a new exhibit about the iconic Zia sun symbol. “Ours: The Zia Sun,” opens this Friday, February 22, and runs through October 20, 2019. The exhibit includes a short film and numerous submissions from the community, making it an exciting collaboration between IPCC, Zia Pueblo, and the many peoples of New Mexico.
“The Zia is everywhere, used to show pride in identity, roots, and place,” says Rachel Moore (Hopi), Curator of Exhibitions. “When I ask people about it they say, ‘Oh, it’s on the New Mexico flag and it’s really cool,’ and ‘I love it,’ and ‘It represents where I’m from,’ but if you ask them about its history and original meaning, most people don’t know, or say that it’s simply ‘a Native American symbol.’”
The exhibit is an extension of an IPCC Counter-Narrative lecture about the sun symbol, in which a panel consisting of former Zia Pueblo Governor Peter Pino, Deputy State Historian Robert Martinez, and Senator Michael Padilla talked about the cultural significance and history of the Zia sun, and the legislative efforts to protect it.
“The community has shared their images and objects to be part of the exhibit,” Moore adds, “and we’re eager for everyone to come and see their contributions, and learn more about this symbol that holds such great importance to our Pueblo people.”