Awanyu, Plumed Serpent

Awanyu (also Avanyu), is a plumed or horned serpent said to be the guardian of water by the southwest Puebloans.

Awanyu by Cody Cheama

Awanyu by Cody Cheama

Awanyu by Cody Cheama

The curves and zig zags represent flowing water and lightning.

Alice Platero

Awanyu appears on the walls of caves located high above canyon rivers in New Mexico and Arizona.

Tsirege (also Tshirege) is an Anasazi Pueblo archaeological site located west of White Rock, New Mexico. Tsirege. occupied from c. 1325 to c. 1600, has 800 rooms. Tsirege means “bird place” in the Tewa language. The site includes a long defensive wall, 10 kivas, a reservoir, and many significant petroglyph panels including this one of awanyu.

Thank you to Art Tafoya for introducing me to this deity !

Paula

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