In prehistoric times Kica (Hawk) and Tcubio (Deer) tested their powers by running a race. Hawk was very fast, but Deer prayed for rain. It drenched Hawk's wings so that he flew slowly and with difficulty, and he ultimately lost the race. Deer slew him, cut out his heart and buried it at Uñatanopi.

With his dying breath Hawk proclaimed that all youths who should pray at the shrine where his heart is buried should be fleet of foot. Hence foot racers often deposited their offerings at Uñatanopi.



  • Fewkes, Jesse Walter. (1906). "Hopi Shrines near the East Mesa, Arizona." AA 8, no. 2, p. 369.