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 Tangak.wunu (Rainbow) katsina by Darance Chimerica. 14 inches high. $80. (TUCSON)
A Momo or Bee katsina by Nick Brokeshoulder. SOLD SANTA FE
Carved by Horace Kayquoptewa, the two Sootantaqa putskatihu above each measure approximately 9 5/8 inches high to the feather tips. $65 each. (SANTA FE)
Both the Badger and the Roadrunner were carved by Jared Quamahongnewa. Each is 12 inches high and $85. (TUCSON)
Click on the images to better see the dolls above, carved by Augustine Mowa III. Fro left to right: Sivutootovi, Solaawitsi, Kokopelli, Hahai'i Wuuhti and Susöpa (Cricket) Averaging about 4 inches high (not including feather. $25 each. All in Tucson.
Four different Kowaako or Rooster katsinas by Jared Quamahongewa. Each is about 95 inches high and $85. The bottom right and upper left are in Tucson. They other two are in Santa Fe.
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 a selection of 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 17 inches tall and $175. Both were carved by Eric Kayquoptewa. (TUCSON)
This Wakas katsina is about 12 inches to the top of the feather but has an amazing 10.5 inch span of horns. Clearly a Longhorn in our humble opinion... Carved by Ed Sunaweuma Patterson of the Roadrunner and Greasewood Clans from the village of Kykotsmovi on Third Mesa. SANTA FE. SOLD.
According to an old Hopi story, the Hopi people fell ill. The epidemic was so widespread through the villages that the people were starving. It was a group of Navajo who showed up and fed them and nursed them back to health. The Koo’áakatsina katsina commemorates this event and the Navajo people. Carved by William Gashweseoma. 5.75 inches high and $40. (SANTA FE)