This style of work began to evolve around 1970 and was accelerated when Hopis were not allowed to sell katsinas that had migratory bird feathers - not even of those birds which could be legally hunted, like ducks. While some carvers worked with grouse, pheasant and pigeon feathers, others found a receptive audience for carved wooden feathers, which were not susceptible to damage from moths and crickets. In time very highly detailed work emerged, along with the concept of 'one piece carvings' - dolls which were carved without anything being carved separately and added on. (the problem is that cottonwood root is soft and carving an arm out across the grain was structurally unsound so most "one piece" dolls will have items carved separately and then attached - like bows or protruding mouths.)
In any event, while a return to the older style carving has diminished the number of carvings working in this style, many still do (and many carve both styles).
A badger katsina in 1992 by Robert Albert - Sakhomenewa. Just over 9 inches high and $875. (SANTA FE)
Manang.ykatsina (Lizard) by Brendan Kayquoptewa. 10 3/4 inches high, $1100 (Santa Fe)
Carved from a single piece of wood - nothing carved separate and added. A beautiful Talavai’i (Early Morning katsina by Brendan Kayquoptewa. 12.75 inches high. $2400. SANTA FE
Andrew Saufkie Sr carved this Kwikwilyaqa or Mocking katsina. Here he is mocking some hapless villager called out for a teasing for tending to a flower garden instead of a garden of edibles. 13 inches high. $875 (SANTA FE)
Except for the feathers, this Mudhead pair was carved from a single piece of wood by Brendan Kayquoptewa. 10.75 inches high. $1800. (SANTA FE) An Avatshoya (Spotted Corn…representing all the many different colors and types of corn the Hopi grow.) Also by Brandon 9 inches total and also a one piece carving. $875. (SANTA FE)
Tsakurshmana or Yellow Corn Maiden as she appears during the Niman or Home Dance, carrying her rasp and gourd resonator. By Tim Talwepi. 12 inches high.$1275. (SANTA FE)
Angwusanomtaqa or Crow Mother by Brendan Kayquoptewa. 10.25 inches high. $1275 (TUCSON)
A Natukvika in his role as a Hapota or drummer. Carved by the late Brian Honyouti. 9 inches high. $1600. (TUCSON)
At 13 inches high this Soyok Wuhti is an impressive carving. Carved by award-winning carver Jimmie G Honanie in 1989, this came out of a local collection. $1600. (SANTA FE)
A wonderful one piece carving of Áhooli, by the late Lowell Talashoma Sr (1950-2003). 15 inches high. SOLD (SANTA FE)
Áhooli appears at the Winter Solstice with Ewtoto to re-open the kivas (religious chambers) for the beginning of the new year – or more accurately; as a part of the renewal of the annual cycle of life.