Kiva

Definition

The word, kiva, comes from the Hopi. It describes a ceremonial structure of American First Peoples (specifically found in Pueblos). It is architected from stone masonry or adobe brick for a sometimes partially excavated and round interior. Typically, wood or stone columns support a ceiling of pine beams and vigas, further supporting earth on thatch. These structures are found extensively throughout the Southwestern United States, and Northern Mexico.


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Context

Within the context of the book, Deus ex Machina; Logos (on page 57), the italisized text indicates Cecelia's stream of consciousness, where she imagines "the steps to a kiva".


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