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 Talavay, Sakwa Hote and a Taawa (SOLD) by Gary Hayah from Walpi. Each one measures 9.5 inches high and $60. The Hootsani and Lizard at the right were carved by Ferris “Spike” Satala. The Hootsani measures 10 3/8 inches high to feather tip while the Lizard measures just under 8” high. Each $60.
A group of small katsinas -many wrapped in corn husk- by Larry Melendez of the Butterfly Clan from the village of Sitsom’ovi on First Mesa. Each $25. (ALL IN SANTA FE)
All by Larsen Harris Jr. of Musangnovi Village. Eagle katsina with great detail on reverse measures 17.5 inches high, $200. Taawa or Sun katsina measures 17inches high, $185. Hahay’iwuuhti katsina, 14 inches high, $185. The Mastop measures 15 inches high, $185. (ALL IN SANTA FE)
Both by Larsen Harris Jr of Musangnovi on Second Mesa. The Crow Mother is 17 inches tall and $240. Larson went all out on the Hemis katsina, creating a beautiful flower motif pattern on the reverse. 22 inches high. $325. (SANTA FE)
A beautiful Ewiro by Larsen Harris Jr. 16.5 inches high $180 The Maasaw by Ranier Koruh is 14 inches high and $60. His Solaawitsi is 10 inches high and $50. (SANTA FE)
A Kokopelli Maiden by Larsen Harris Jr. 9 inches long. $70. (SANTA FE)
The Nuvakmana - Snow Maiden by Larsen Harris Jr. is 10 3/8 inches high and $90.
A Heheya by Randy Brokeshoulder. 14 inches high and $90 (SANTA FE)
An Early Morning katsina by Horace Kayquoptewa. 8.5 inches high and $48. (TUCSON)
A Hahai Wuuhti, unsigned, as are all katsinas intended to be given out by the katsinas during ceremonies. (SANTA FE)
A Kokopelli by Larsen Harris Jr. 8.25 inches long. $70. (SANTA FE)
A Korosto by Earl ‘Dino’ Patterson (Sunaweuma) can also stand by itself. 11 inches high. $85. (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. (TUCSON)
The Sikya Hote or Yellow Star below is SOLD.