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.
Despite appearances, they are both the same height: 15 inches. The Rain Priest of the North and the South are by Nick Brokeshoulder. Each is $120. (SANTA FE)
Both the Hahai'i Wuuhti and the Nuvak Mana/Snow Maiden are by Bertram Tsavadawa. Each one is 4.75" high and $28. (Santa Fe)
This particular katsina at left is very similar in appearance to the Early Morning katsina and its name is sometimes translated as Silent Warrior, Silent Katsina or Ladder Dance katsina – the latter is a reference to a ceremony which disappeared nearly two centuries ago that involved a spruce tree, notched like a ladder, that disappeared a couple centuries ago.SOLD At right is a Taawa or Sun katsina. By Gary Hayah. $65 each. (SANTA FE)
All by Larsen Harris Jr of Musangnovi Village: Totsa (Hummingbird), Tsilone, Hahai Wuuhti and Aya (Rattle. Each $60 and in SANTA FE.
Both the Taawa/Sun SOLD and the Nangöysohu/Chasing Star were carved by Craig Grover of the Water Clan from the village of Sitsom'ovi on First Mesa. (The Sun is 11 inches high and $90. BOTH IN TUCSON)
Above is an Angwusanomtaqa or Crow Mother by Wayne Poleahla. 11.25 inches and $48. The Honankatsina or Badger was made by Cardello Nasayouma. It measures 10" to the tip of its feathers and $48.
Augustine Mowa III of the Bear Clan from the village of Songoòpvi Village carved this Sivutoootovi. 7 inches high. $50. Sivutootovi is the Soot Fly katsina – one of the wawarus or runner katsinas. If a young man is challenged by Sivutootovi to a race and wins he receives a small Hopi basketry plaque as a prize. If he loses he is switched with a yucca whip. (SANTA FE)
Larsen Harris Jr, of the Tobacco and Rabbit Clans from the village of Munqapi atop Second Mesa carved these 2 putskatihu (flat dolls) They are each between 9 and 10 inches high. $70 apiece. Totsa (Hummingbird) and a Red Tail Hawk - one of the wawarus or runner katsinas and an unusual one to see in a flat doll. 10.5 inches high. $80. BOTH IN SANTA FE
A Momo or Bee katsina by Jared Quamahongnewa. 12.5 inches high.SOLD (SANTA FE)
Hahai'i Wuuhti by Clark Tenakhongva, who was among the first to revive the old style dolls that have become so popular. 16 inches high $130. (TUCSON)
The Badger was carved by Jared Quamahongnewa. 12 inches high and $85. (TUCSON)
Tthe Puchmoftaqa or Rabbit Stick katsina is 9.5 inches high and $60. (SANTA FE).
Carved by Augustine Mowa III. Hahai'i Wuuhti and Susöpa (Cricket) Averaging about 4 inches high $25 each. (TUCSON)
An Avatshoya by Larsen Harris Jr. 10.5 inches high. $65 (TUCSON)
This Sio Hemis is unusual for a flat doll, having articulated arms.17 inches tall and $175. Carved by Eric Kayquoptewa. (TUCSON)
Above is a Yaapa or Mockingbird katsina, by Nick Brokeshoulder. 14 inches high to the tip of the feathers. $80 (SANTA FE)
This Taawa (Sun) katsina was made by Jared Quamahongnewa. (TUCSON)
Hututu or Rain Priest of the South, by Jared Quamahongnewa. 11.25 inches high and $110. (SANTA FE)The Angwusanomtaqa or Crow Mother was carved by Jared Quamahongnewa. 9.5 inches high. (TUCSON)
A Korosto by Earl ‘Dino’ Patterson (Sunaweuma) can also stand by itself. 11 inches high. $85. (TUCSON)