The Gila Shoulder has a classic sharp low shoulder and flared upper rim
which is one
of the dominant forms in Hohokam ceramics. Before disappearing the Hohokam culture
flourished in the region between, and in and around the Phoenix-Tucson urban areas.
This ancient culture itself reflects Mesoamerican influences. The seven stylized dancers
reflect painted figures found on Hohokam ceramics and in petroglyphs. Some of these
prehistoric figures were common to the pantheon of both the Hopi and Hohokam.
Some part of the Hopi katsina group (the english reference is "kachina") is itself
thought to reflect both Mesoamerican and Hohokam influences. © 1995