The Hopi are a deeply spiritual people whose beliefs permeate their entire lives. A harmony with
nature is at the center of these beliefs and is reflected in the symbols used in their dances, rituals, art, and jewelry. Water may be symbolized as turtles, frogs, clouds,
lightning, rain and waves; fertility and abundance may appear as corn, bean sprouts, and other crops; the spiritual world as katsinas, stories of creation (birth from the earth and migration
through the maze of life), prayer feathers or folk figures. Animals have special powers and abilities and are often portrayed in Hopi jewelry designs.