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.
Both by Jared Quamahongnewa, the Kwikwilyaqa or Mocking katsina above is 11 inches high and SOLD.
At right is a Hohoysi katsina. The anme refers to a plant that is used by the Hopi for red-brown dye and as a tea. (Technically an herbal infusion. Its scientific name is Thelesperma gracile. 12 inches high. SOLD.
Augustine Mowa III of the Bear Clan from the village of Songoòpvi Village carved these three: A Chasing Star 11.5 inches high. SOLD. Solaawitsi 9 inches high. $80. Sivutoootovi 7 inches high. $40. (SANTA FE)
Larsen Harris Jr, of the Tobacco and Rabbit Clans from the village of Munqapi atop Second Mesa carved these 3 putskatihu (flat dolls) They are between 9 and 10 inches high. $70 apiece. Left to rightL Saiastasana (Zuni Rain Priest of the North) Totsa (Hummingbird) and Korowiste (also called Korosto and Kwasytaqa).
The Red Tail Hawk at the bottom right, one of the wawarus or runner katsinas, is an unusual one to see in a flat doll. 10.5 inches high. $80. ALL IN SANTA FE
A Momo or Bee katsina by Jared Quamahongnewa. 12.5 inches high. $85. (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)
Both the Badger and the Roadrunner at top were carved by Jared Quamahongnewa. Each is 12 inches high and $85. (TUCSON)
The Puchmoftaqa or Rabbit Stick katsina (9.5 inches high and $60)) and the Nuvak Mana or Snow Maiden (9 inches high and $50) are also by Jared and in SANTA FE.
Carved by Augustine Mowa III. Hahai'i Wuuhti and Susöpa (Cricket) Averaging about 4 inches high $25 each. (TUCSON)
These two Kowaako or Rooster katsinas are by Jared Quamahongewa. Each is about 9.5 inches high and $85. (The one at right has SOLD). (SANTA FE).
A Tsaveyo by Jared Quamahongnewa.11 inches high. $90 (SANTA FE)
This Sio Hemis is unusual for a flat doll, having articulated arms.17 inches tall and $175. Carved by Eric Kayquoptewa. (TUCSON)
Söhönasomtaqa means literally “grass tied to it” – referring to the galleta grass that is attached to either wide of the head – the same grass used as a foundation for Hopi coiled baskets. It is a katsina that appears only at the village of Orayvi –on Third Mesa- and is one of the most ancient katsinas. She is associated with Masaaw and is one of the so-called “angry” or War Katsinas.
An Aya or Rattle katsina by Lloyd Honhongva oft he butterfly Clan from the village of Hotvela. 10 inches to the tip of the feathers. $50. (SANTA FE)
A Heheya by Larsen Harris Jr. 12 inches high. SOLD (SANTA FE)
Above is a Yaapa or Mockingbird katsina, by Nick Brokeshoulder. 14 inches high to the tip of the feathers. $80 (SANTA FE)
Carved by Jared Quamahongnewa, the Talavai'i or Early Morning katsina above is also $85 and is 13 inches high. (TUCSON)
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)