This is an ancient Pueblo Kiva that was used for community gatherings and religious ceremony in the old days and is still considered to be sacred to modern Pueblo people. The site is located in the heart of Farmington, New Mexico. This was a very hard image to capture with the low-light and all the traffic coming and going through the Kiva. In the old days, there were no stairs into the Kiva. You have to descend down a latter through an entrance in the ceiling or a window. The Kiva served as a church and I try to show respect when I visit such sites.
I have my sentiments about this. There will always be a soft spot in my heart for indigenous struggles & survival. It’s that simple. Nobody should take offense but I see a lot of truth here. Words are not really needed at all… So, let’s just say that symbols are for symbol-minded people.