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.
All by Ryan Gashweseoma. Left to right: Hilili SOLD, Tsiitoto or Tobacco Flower SOLD, and Matya $32. All are between 6-8 inches high. Left & Center are in Santa Fe, the Matya is in Tucson.
From left to right: Two Hahai’iwuuhti or grandmother katsinas (BOTH SOLD), Yo't.se’e (SOLD), and Matya. All by Corey Ahonewa, each $48 and between 6-7 inches high. (Santa Fe)
The first three by Jared Quamahongnewa of the Spider Clan from the village of Hotvela on Third Mesa. Paakwa (Frog) 10 inches high and $80. Badger is 13 inches high, $80. Hohoysi, 14 inches high and $80. (ALL By Brian Holmes of the Spider Clan from the village of Hotvela on Third Mesa, this is a Ma’lo (literally a “stick’ katsina) he appears carrying a painted staff that represents the plain staffs or planting sticks used by traditional Hopi farmers. 11.5 inches high and $45. (ALL IN TUCSON)
A Hahai Wuuhti 7.5 inches high. SOLD. (SANTA FE) The Talavai’i second from right is by Horace Kayquoptewa and 8.25 inches to the tip of the feathers. $52. (TUCSON) A left-Handed Hunter katsina by Eric Kayquoptewa. 10 inches high. $50. (TUCSON) A Lightning Longhair, by Ryan Gashweseoma. 7.25 inches high. SOLD. (SANTA FE)
A Mastop by Larsen Harris Jr. It measures 15 inches high, $185. (SANTA FE)
A Wiharu by Nick Brokeshoulder. 18 1/2 inches high and $150. (SANTA FE)
Larsen Harris Jr. carved this Honan or Badger katsina. 16.25 inches high and $120. (SANTA FE)
A katsinmana on a cradle board by Corey Ahonewa. The doll measures just under 7 inches while the cradle measures 12 inches. $125. (SANTA FE)
An Owako or Coal katsina by Nick Brokeshoulder. 12 inches high, $70.(SANTA FE)
A Navook katsina by Jared Quamahongewa. 13 inches high. $85 (TUCSON)
An Early Morning katsina by Horace Kayquoptewa. 8.5 inches high and $48. (TUCSON)
All by Nick Brokeshoulder. From left to right: Sootantaqa measures 13 inches and $60. Hahai’i Wuuhti 13 inches and $60. Qööqöölö, 12.5 inches high and $68. (ALL IN TUCSON)