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.



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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