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From Google:  The Zia Sun Symbol is featured on the New Mexico flag. The Zia Indians of New Mexico regard the Sun as a sacred symbol. Their symbol, a red circle with groups of rays pointing in four directions, is painted on ceremonial vases, drawn on the ground around campfires, and used to introduce newborns to the Sun.

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http://newmexicohistory.org/multimedia/videos/the-zia-sun-symbol

To the Zia people and other cultures, four is a significant number. It is embodied in the four directions of the earth, the four seasons of the year, the four times of the day: sunrise, noon, evening and night, and in life’s four divisions of childhood, youth, adulthood and old age. Everything is bound together in a circle of life, without beginning, without end…

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http://www.cnn.com/US/9909/14/new.mexico.flag/

“In a joint memorial, the state acknowledges that the sun symbol belongs to the Pueblo of Zia, that they appropriated the symbol without proper permission and authority,” said Peter Pino, Zia Pueblo administrator…  

“We have been so many times stepped on, pushed around, slapped around … if we’re going to let businesses use it, we want royalties,” Ysidro Pino said. Tribal administrators said there has been no movement on that front so far.

(Photos above taken yesterday.)

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