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 Hoototo by Larsen Harris Jr. 6.25 inches high and $45.. Both the Badger and the Roadrunner were carved by Jared Quamahongnewa.

Above are smaller flat dolls made by Augustine Mowa III,  $25 each. All in Santa Fe.

Four different Kowaako or Rooster katsinas by Jared Quamahongewa.

Owls, Frogs, Hahai'i Wuuhti, Taawa, Qöqöle, Susopa (Cricket)...all are by Larry Melendez of the Butterfly Clan from the village of Sitsom'ovi. Each is $24. We have these in both Santa Fe and 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  inches tall. Both were carved by Eric Kayquoptewa. (TUCSON)


The Taawa (Sun) katsina above was carved by Jared Quamahongnewa. (TUCSON)
The Soyok Wuuhti (OgreWoman) at right was carved by Earl ‘Dino’ Patterson (Sunaweuma) of the Roadrunner and Greasewood Clans from the village of Kykotsmovion Third Mesa. Carved from a thick piece of cottonwood root it can actually stand rather than just be hung.  10 inches high and $80. BOTH IN TUCSON

A Mahk or Laguna Hunter katsina at left SOLD (SANTA FE) and and a Angwus Taka or Crow Boy SOLD at right. (TUCSON) Both by Jared Quamahongnewa, $42 each.

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Above is a Yaapa or Mockingbird katsina, by Nick Brokeshoulder. 14 inches high to the tip of the feathers. $80  (SANTA FE)

 Tsorposyaqhöntaqa translates literally as boy with a turquoise pendant . He is one of the kipok or warrior katsinas and is regarded as one of the hisat katsinam or oldest katsinas. 9 inches high. $60. (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)

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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.(TUCSON)

The katsina at left is a Hohoysi katsina - representing a plant used for a herbal tea. 11 inches high. SOLD (SANTA FE) The Angwusanomtaqa or Corn Mother was also carved by Jared  9.5 inches high. (TUCSON) 

Hututu or Rain Priest of the South, by Jared Quamahongnewa. 11.25 inches high and $110. The Nuvak Mana (Snow Maiden) is 6 inches high and made by by Brendan Kayquaptewa. SOLD  (Both in Santa Fe)



Both carved by Craig Grover of the Water Clan from the village of Sitsom'ovi on First Mesa - and both in Tucson. At left is Ahülani, one of the Mong or 'chief' katsinas, he appears during the important Soyal Ceremony at the Winter Solstice. 12 inches high. $110. (Santa Fe). The Tumas or Crow Mother katsina is 11 inches high and $110. (TUCSON)

A Matya katsina (one of the wawarus or runner katsinas) by Ryan Gashweseoma. 7.25 inches high SOLD. The Frog (Paakwa) was made by Floyd Torivio. 10.5 inches high. SOLD (SANTA FE)

A large Tsaveyo by Eric Kayquoptewa. 21.5 inches long. $160. (SANTA FE)

A'e katsina (representing the spirit of the Apache people) by Max Curley. 11 inches to the tip of the feathers. $80 (SANTA FE)

A Korosto by Earl ‘Dino’ Patterson (Sunaweuma) can also stand by itself. 11 inches high. $85. (TUCSON)

The Koyemsi or Mudhead at right was carved by Jared Quamahongnewa. 12 inches high. $85. (SANTA FE)