Butterflies are the focus of Southwest American Indian song, prayer, and adornment because they embody the important concepts of “centering and balance.” For many Native American cultures, the first butterflies signal the arrival of spring and acknowledge that the people have survived another difficult winter season. For this reason, the butterflies are seen as good omens and positive beings in life. Among the Zuni, the butterfly represents the beauty of summer, when the country abounds in flowers and in plants. The butterfly appeared as a Zuni jewelry motif in the 1920s and remains popular today in jewelry among many Native American tribes.

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