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.
Owls, Frogs, Hahai'i Wuuhti, Talavai'i (Early Morning), Qöqöle, Susopa (Cricket)...all are by Larry Melendez of the Butterfly Clan from he village of Sitsom'ovi. Each is $24. We have these in both Santa Fe and Tucson.
Below are a Sootukwnangw or Sky Deity and a Pookhonghoya or Warrior Twin, both by Nick Brokeshoulder. They measure 13.75" and 13.5" respectively, $60 each. (SANTA FE)
The Taawa (Sun) katsina above the and Soyok Wuuhti (OgreWoman) at right were both carved by Earl ‘Dino’ Patterson (Sunaweuma) of the Roadrunner and Greasewood Clans from the village of Kykotsmovion Third Mesa. Both of these flat dolls were carved from a thick piece of cottonwood root so they can actually stand rather than just be hung. The Taawa is 12 inches high and $125. The Soyok Wuuhti is 10 inches high and $80.
A Mahk or Laguna Hunter katsina at left (SANTA FE) and and a Angwus Taka or Crow Boy at right. (TUCSON) Both by Jared Quamahongnewa, $42 each.
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