Country/Culture: Native American - Pima
Dimensions: 7 × 6 in. diameter (17.8 × 15.2 cm)
Classification: Decorative Arts, Natural Substances
Credit Line: Transferred from the Applied Arts Department. In the Farm House Museum Collection, Farm House Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
The Whirling Log (swastika) is a symbol in the form of a Greek cross with the ends of the arms bent at right angles all in the same direction and each prolonged to the height of the parallel arm of the cross. The swatstika is found in remains from the Bronze Age in various parts of Europe. It is found in ancient Persia, India and both Jains and Buddhists used it as a religious symbol. It is usually thought to be a charm, talisman, or religious token, especially a sign of good luck or benediction. Unfortunately, Adolph Hitler used the swatstika for the symbol of the German Nazi party during World War II and it has come to symbolize all that was bad in the war.