To celebrate both the traditions of our Mexican community, our ancestors, and our Hawaiian hosts, this year’s conference features a collection of multicultural icons, inspired by many of the symbols depicted in the 2019 SACNAS artwork (seen on the conference main page) created by local Hawaiian artist Laurie Sumiye, as well as other cultural symbols. The icons were also designed to be Loteria cards, a game of chance similar to bingo. These cards and their significance are explained below.
Be sure to keep an eye out for each icon/loteria card, which can be found across the 2019 SACNAS website, email, social media, and more! Onsite you will be able to participate in a loteria game for prizes. Stay tuned for more details!
The SACNISTA is depicted by the SACNAS logo adorned with colorful hibiscus flowers, which represent the diversity and beauty of our community.
The Traveler is depicted by an ‘Iwa bird, which represents travel and clear directions. A red iwa bird can be found in the 2019 SACNAS artwork.
The Planner is depicted by a polynesian stick chart, which were used by ancient polynesian voyagers to map islands, wind systems, and weather systems.
The Scholar is depicted by black coral, which is a living organism and the state gem of Hawai’i.
The Trailblazer is depicted by a volcano, which has strong significance in the Native Hawaiian creation story, and often referred to as a symbol of resilience, adaptability, and power.
The Giver is depicted by a Kukui nut, which comes from Hawai’i’s state tree, the Kukui Nut Tree. Due to a very high oil content, kukui nuts have many uses in Native Hawaiian culture, including being burned for light.
The Storyteller is depicted by a hula dancer, who uses dance as a primary form of storytelling.
Contact Us is depicted by a Kamehameha butterfly, the state insect of Hawai’i.
Code of Conduct is depicted by an owl, which is often referred to as a symbol of wisdom.
The Conversation is depicted by a good old-fashioned telephone, which continues to facilitate conversation (although it looks a bit different these days!)
The Dreamer is depicted by a colorful dreamcatcher. In the Lakota legend of the dreamcatcher, a spiritual leader has a vision in which a spider spins a web while speaking to him about the cycles of life. He says “Use the web to help yourself and your people … to reach your goals and make use of your people’s ideas, dreams and visions.”