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.
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). ALL IN SANTA FE
A Tangak.wunu (Rainbow) katsina by Darance Chimerica. 14 inches high. $80. (TUCSON)
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 (SANTA FE
Carved by Horace Kayquoptewa, the Sootantaqa putskatihu above measures approximately 9 5/8 inches high to the feather tips. SOLD. (SANTA FE)
A Kyar (pronounced 'kyash') or Parrot katsina by Ryan Gashweseoma. 8.5 inches high and $65. (SANTA FE)
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.
Click on the images to better see the dolls above, carved by Augustine Mowa III. From left to right: Sivutootovi, Solaawitsi, Hahai'i Wuuhti and Susöpa (Cricket) Averaging about 4 inches high (not including feather. $25 each. All in Tucson.
Three different Kowaako or Rooster katsinas by Jared Quamahongewa. Each is about 9.5 inches high and $85. The middle one is in Santa Fe (AND SOLD) and the other two are in Tucson..
One of the guard katsina, known as Hilili. At right is a flat doll that is unusual for having articulated arms. This Sio Hemis is 17 inches tall and $175. Both were carved by Eric Kayquoptewa. (TUCSON)
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 Söhönasomtaqa carved by Orlan Honyumptewa
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. 10.5 inches high. $48. (SANTA FE)
Carved by Brandon Kayquoptewa , itrepresents the sky deity – Sootukwnangw. The name literally translates as Star-thunderhead-heart. He appears during the early planting ceremony known as Powamuy or Bean Ceremony but may also come during the plaza dances or katsintikive. He carries a taumpi or windroarer that is spun vigorously to mimic the sound of the wind that brings the clouds that carry the rain. He also carries a wooden device that is used to imitate the striking of lighting as it dramatically springs forth.
17 inches to the top of the feathers. $80. (SANTA FE)
This Soyok Wuuhti (OgreWoman was carved by Earl ‘Dino’ Patterson (Sunaweuma) of the Roadrunner and Greasewood Clans from the village of Kykotsmovi on Third Mesa. Carved from a thick piece of cottonwood root it can actually stand rather than just be hung. 10 inches high and $80. TUCSON
Above is a Yaapa or Mockingbird katsina, by Nick Brokeshoulder. 14 inches high to the tip of the feathers. $80 (SANTA FE)
Both carved by Jared Quamahongnewa, the Heheya at left measures 12.5 inches to the tip of the feathers and is $85. 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)
A Wakas (Cow) katsina by Craig Grover of the Water Clan from the village of Sitsom'ovi on First Mesa. 16 inches high and $125.(TUCSON)
At left is a Saiastasana or Zuni Rain Priest of the North by Craig Grover from Sitsom'ovi village. 10 inches high and $60. (SANTA FE)
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)
A Moosa or Cat katsina, by Orlan Honyumptewa. 15 inches high and SOLD (SANTA FE)