The sculpture of Catua and Omtua the messengers shows the speed of the runners and their great physical fitness. The runners carried a knotted cord to surrounding Pueblo’s, each knot represents how many days before the Pueblo Revolt would take place but the messengers were never told the meaning. They would have been running between 20 and 50 miles in one day through what is now Santa Fe County and Pueblo Country. The yucca plant in the middle symbolizes the plant the knotted cord was made of, and can be found throughout Pueblo Country. It is used for a variety of functions in daily Pueblo life.
George Rivera, Pueblo of Pojoaque
Pueblo of Tesuque, City of Santa Fe,
Dan and Ashlyn Perry, Friends of the Santa Fe Opera