Also called "cradle dolls' because they are given to Hopi infants, Putsqatihut or flat dolls are the very oldest form of katsinas dolls among the Hopi. After a child has gone through his or her naming ceremony 20 days after birth, the first one received is the Hahay'i wuuhti or katsina grandmother. The next is the katsinmana or katsina maiden. After that they may receive any katsina doll. The katsinas themselves carve them for the young girls who continue to receive them (usually more fully formed and detailed ones as they grow older) until they are initiated into the Hopi Katsina Society.
The Throwing Stick or Putskòokatsina above was made by Wayland Namingha Jr. $80. The Koo'ah katsina is by Nick Brokeshoulder. $40 (SANTA FE)
According to an old Hopi story, the Hopi people fell ill. The epidemic was so widespread through the villages that the people were starving. It was a group of Navajo who showed up and fed them and nursed them back to health. The Koo’áakatsina katsina commemorates this event and the Navajo people.
Larsen Harris Jr carved the Sootukwnangw above. The name literally translates as Star-thunderhead-heart. Approximately 13 inches high (not including feathers) SOLD (SANTA FE)
Also by Larsen is the Anakchina, representing the summer rains. Approximately 13 inches high (not including feathers), $190. (SANTA FE) SOLD
All by Larsen Harris Jr. of Musangnovi Village: Tsilisona, Hahai Wuuhti and Aya (Rattle). Each $60 and in SANTA FE.
An Aya or Rattle katsina, by Nick Brokeshoulder. 10 inches high to feather tips. $40 (Santa Fe)