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.
A Sio Hu’katsina by William Gashweseoma. 14 inches high and $110. (SANTA FE)
The Taawa or Sun, by Larsen Harris Jr measures 16 inches and is SOLD. (SANTA FE)
A Maahkvaho or Hunter katsina by William Gashweseoma. 12 inches tall and $110. (SANTA FE)
All by Larsen Harris. Left to right: Saiastasana 6.5 inches and $26. The Talavay (Early Morning Katsina) is 14.25 inches high to feather tips and SOLD. The Hoototo is 6.75 inches and $26. (SANTA FE)
Adam Miguel, son of Augustine Mowa III, made the Corn katsina (7.5 inchesw ane $30) the Kwikwilyaqa (Mocking) 5.5 inches and $25 and was as the Sootantaqa (one of the Corn katsinas)8.5 inches and $45. (ALL IN SANTA FE) Age 14 he was recently initiated in to the Katsina society, which meant he can begin to carve katsina dolls.
A Matya by Ryan Gashweseoma. 6 inches high. $32.(TUCSON) An Ongchoma (9 inches high, SOLD) and a Kana’a (6.75 inches high and SOLD) by Ryan’s brother, William.
Kana’a, called Sunset Crater katsina in English and also Kana’a in Hopi). The Kana’a katsinam once lived near Paalatsomo or Sunset Crater, outside present-day Flagstaff, Arizona. There is a Hopi tale of a young woman from Musangnovi village who married a Kana’a katsina. It is a long story but ends with the Kanaskatsinam coming to end a drought and famine (bringing magical sweet corn) and agreeing to live near the Hopi – in a butte that is named for them. From that date until the early 1900s, a Kanaskatsina dance was held every year. This katsina appears only infrequently at present and when he does he carries sweet corn as a reminder of how they saved the Hopi.