The symbol used by Hopi EMS was designed by Stacy Talahytewa in 2003. Every aspect of the logo is a true and real representation of who we are as an individual, as a medical provider, as a people, and as an organization. The 4 sections within the circle each represent the four cardinal directions or the four most distant horizons and they are: Southeast (winter solstice sunrise), Northeast (summer solstice sunrise), Northwest (summer solstice sunset), and Southwest (winter solstice sunset) (Alvrus, Effland, Lerner, and Russell).
The Star of Life, a symbol well known throughout the world is a common symbol of emergency medical care. Each branch represents a task carried out by medical personnel in our industry; Detection, Reporting, Response, On-scene care, Care in-transit, and Transfer to Definitive Care (NHTSA). Each representation is an important step that makes a remarkable difference in the lives of our patients. In lieu of The Rod of Asclepius is the Badger Claw. According to the Hopi people, the badger represents medicine and a healing of an individual.
This section represents day and within it, the corn. The corn is the most important element of the Hopi people. It symbolizes life and the Hopi way of life. The rainbow symbolizes the diversity of the EMS personnel and the quality of life that we all strive to reach. Each ear of corn represent the three Hopi mesas/villages; First, Second, and Third mesas.
This section represents night. The three large stars represent the 3 years that we have been in the new Hopi Health Care Center and when this logo was created. The smaller stars represent the universe, the future, and the infinite number of years to come. The purple clouds above the stars represent the Milky Way and the Galaxy. It offers protection for our personnel during their long hours of their tour of duty.
This section colored red represents the life we protect and the urgency of the EMS profession for the people. The feathers are that of a turkey and they are used in prayers for a long and healthy life of all living creatures and it offers all good things that life has to offer. The prayer feathers also represent an offering of protection for our EMS personnel. The hand and migration symbol in this section represent our commitment and compassion to provide our services to the Hopi and Navajo people and their guests.
This section colored purple represents technology and machinery used in our profession. The feathers, again, are that of a turkey and they are used in prayers for a long and healthy life of all living creatures and it offers all good things that life has to offer. The prayer feathers also represent an offering of protection for the knowledge and tools that help us carry out our duties as EMS professionals. The hand and migration symbol in this section represent our commitment to train, cognize, and render useful of our knowledge and equipment.