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Tsirege Petroglyph depicting Awanyu

Rock art at Tsirege depicting Awanyu.

Awanyu pot

Bowl from Santa Clara Pueblo depicting Awanyu

Awanyu (also Avanyu), is a Tewa deity, the guardian of water. Represented as a horned or plumed serpent with curves suggestive of flowing water or the zig-zag of lightning, Awanyu appears on the walls of caves located high above canyon rivers in New Mexico and Arizona. Awanyu may be related to the feathered serpent of MesoamericaQuetzalcoatl and related deities. In some tribes Awanyu is believed to be a companion to the Kokopelli. Awanyu is a frequent motif on Native American pottery of the Southwestern United States.

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