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 Sio Hu’katsina by William Gashweseoma. 14 inches high and $110. (SANTA FE)

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The Taawa or Sun, by Larsen Harris Jr measures 16 inches and is SOLD. (SANTA FE)


A Maahkvaho or Hunter katsina by William Gashweseoma. 12 inches tall and $110. (SANTA FE)

All by Larsen Harris. Left to right: Saiastasana 6.5 inches and $26. The Talavay (Early Morning Katsina) is 14.25 inches high to feather tips and SOLD. The Hoototo is 6.75 inches and $26. (SANTA FE)

Adam Miguel, son of Augustine Mowa III, made the Corn katsina (7.5 inchesw ane $30) the Kwikwilyaqa (Mocking) 5.5 inches and $25 and was as the Sootantaqa (one of the Corn katsinas)8.5 inches and $45. (ALL IN SANTA FE) Age 14 he was recently initiated in to the Katsina society, which meant he can begin to carve katsina dolls.

A Matya by Ryan Gashweseoma. 6 inches high. $32.(TUCSON) An Ongchoma (9 inches high, SOLD) and a Kana’a (6.75 inches high and SOLD) by Ryan’s brother, William.

Kana’a, called Sunset Crater katsina in English and also Kana’a in Hopi). The Kana’a katsinam once lived near Paalatsomo or Sunset Crater, outside present-day Flagstaff, Arizona.  There is a Hopi tale of a young woman from Musangnovi village who married a Kana’a katsina. It is a long story but ends with the Kanaskatsinam coming to end a drought and famine (bringing magical sweet corn) and agreeing to live near the Hopi – in a butte that is named for them.  From that date until the early 1900s, a Kanaskatsina dance was held every year. This katsina appears only infrequently at present and when he does he carries sweet corn as a reminder of how they saved the Hopi.

The first three by Jared Quamahongnewa of the Spider Clan from the village of Hotvela on Third Mesa. Paakwa (Frog) 10 inches high and $80. Badger is 13 inches high, $80. Hohoysi, 14 inches high and $80. (ALL By Brian Holmes of the Spider Clan from the village of Hotvela on Third Mesa, this is a Ma’lo (literally a “stick’ katsina) he appears carrying a painted staff that represents the plain staffs or planting sticks used by traditional Hopi farmers. 11.5 inches high and $45. (ALL IN TUCSON)

A Hahai Wuuhti 7.5 inches high. SOLD. (SANTA FE) The Talavai’i second from right is by Horace Kayquoptewa and 8.25 inches to the tip of the feathers. $52. (TUCSON) A left-Handed Hunter katsina by Eric Kayquoptewa. 10 inches high. $50. (TUCSON) A Lightning Longhair, by Ryan Gashweseoma. 7.25 inches high. SOLD. (SANTA FE)

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A Mastop by Larsen Harris Jr. It measures 15 inches high, $185. (SANTA FE)


A Wiharu by Nick Brokeshoulder. 18 1/2 inches high and $150. (SANTA FE)

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Larsen Harris Jr. carved this Honan or Badger katsina. 16.25 inches high and SOLD. (SANTA FE)


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A katsinmana on a cradle board by Corey Ahonewa. The doll measures just under 7 inches while the cradle measures 12 inches. $125. (SANTA FE)

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An Owako or Coal katsina by Nick Brokeshoulder. 12 inches high, SOLD. (SANTA FE)

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A Navook katsina by Jared Quamahongewa. 13 inches high. $85 (TUCSON)

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An Early Morning katsina by Horace Kayquoptewa. 8.5 inches high and $48. (TUCSON)

All by Nick Brokeshoulder. From left to right: Sootantaqa measures 13 inches and $60. Hahai’i Wuuhti 13 inches and $60. Qööqöölö, 12.5 inches high and $68. (ALL IN TUCSON)