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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