PHOENIX SUNS

Suns plan Arizona Tribal Nation uniforms, give insights on Aztec jerseys

Aug 26, 2021, 2:22 PM

Photos courtesy Phoenix Suns...

Photos courtesy Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns gave additional insight regarding their Aztec uniform concept Thursday and revealed plans for another alternate uniform in the works for 2022-23 that would honor Native American communities indigenous to Arizona.

“… We’re excited to introduce a uniform honoring the Tribal Nations of Arizona for the 2022-23 season,” the team wrote after revealing the Aztec jersey created to honor people of Mexican heritage. “More to come.”

As far the purple and black Aztec uniform concept released by the team Wednesday, the team on Thursday addressed two particular criticisms or questions about the designs.

The team said in its concept release that the Aztec concept is “a tribute to early ancestors of The Valley, our Mexican and Mexican-American fans, and the warrior spirit we bring to battle every day.”

The jerseys feature the Aztec sun stone on the front of the jersey and the Aztec death stone on the back. The shorts feature armor depicting a jaguar.

The first concern over those jerseys that the Suns addressed was about the proximity of Aztecs to Arizona.

“Some sources trace the origins of Aztlan, the ancestral home of the Aztec people, to modern day Arizona before migrating south,” the Suns said on Twitter. “While research is ongoing, we wanted to create an open dialogue with our fans surround this uniform concept.”

The Suns also addressed whether they had sought out cultural permission to use Aztec symbols on their uniforms. The team said select members of the Mexican government along with two organizations within the state of Arizona gave feedback to the team.

“We pursued insight on the designs and historical ties with the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center and received positive feedback all around,” the team said in a tweet.

The Suns added that community feedback surrounding the concept was important in the third tweet announcing plans for another uniform to represent indigenous communities in the state.

Phoenix Suns

Bobi Klintman  of the Taipans in action during the round 13 NBL match between Cairns Taipans and Me...

Kellan Olson

22 for 22: Bobi Klintman could be Suns’ big wing in 2024 NBA Draft

If the Phoenix Suns want a bigger wing in the 2024 NBA Draft, Bobi Klintman is a headliner in the back of the first round.

2 hours ago

Charles Barkley looks on prior to game three of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Ce...

Kellan Olson

Charles Barkley says next season will be his last on television

Long-time NBA analyst for TNT Charles Barkley revealed on NBA TV Friday night that next season will be his last on television.

17 hours ago

Jaime Jaquez Jr. #11 of the Miami Heat is guarded by Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Golden State Warrior...

Kellan Olson

22 for 22: Can Suns find rare instant contributor in NBA Draft?

There is no doubting the value it would bring the Phoenix Suns to select a player in the NBA Draft who was a long-term part of what they do.

1 day ago

Cam Payne's mug shot after an arrest in Scottsdale...

Arizona Sports

Former Suns PG Cam Payne arrested in Scottsdale for refusing to give identity to police

Former Phoenix Suns point guard Cam Payne was arrested for failing to provide Scottsdale Police officers with his name.

1 day ago

Emmanuel Mudiay, Knicks vs. Suns...

Kevin Zimmerman

9 players to know: How the Valley Suns’ G League team can help Phoenix

Let's peek at the Valley Suns G League roster to see which players can help the Phoenix Suns, who is a developmental prospect and more.

1 day ago

General manager James Jones of the Phoenix Suns looks on after the game against the Miami Heat at F...

Kellan Olson

22 for 22: Suns could triple down by dealing unprotected 2031 pick

The Phoenix Suns have an extra measure they can take this offseason to upgrade the roster, but it would come with real risk.

2 days ago

Suns plan Arizona Tribal Nation uniforms, give insights on Aztec jerseys