Katsinas are spirit beings who are the intermediaries between the Hopi and their deities, carrying the prayers of the Hopis for the continuation of the cycle of life of all living things. They may represent the spirit of plants, animals, forces of natures, places or even other tribes. Some are known for their duties (eg: guard, clown...) and not all names are translatable. They appear in the plazas for Hopi villages for approximately 6 months of the year as they dwell in the katsina or spirit world for the other half of the year.
They are carved from the root of the cottonwood tree - used because the cottonwood grows only where there is an ample and consistent supply of water - rare around the Hopi mesas - and because of the water-seeking nature of the roots, which can grow out and down a couple hundred feet or more in search of the water table. If you are interested in learning more, there are several books we can recommend to you (which we also sell).
Between our Santa Fe and Tucson stores we generally have somewhere between 300 and 400 katsinas so on our website we can only hope to show you a cross-section. Please contact us if you are looking for something specific that you do not see. We may have it or be able to acquire it for you.
For each katsina we sell, we provide an information sheet similar to the ones above. (both of these have been sold)
A Totsa/Hummingbird by Brendan Kayquoptewa. The Totsa stands 9 inches high and $280. (SANTA FE) A Kokosori or Solaawitsi by Larry Melenedz of the Butterfly Clan. 11 inches high and $320. (SANTA FE) A Tumas (Angwusanomtaqa) or Crow Mother by Raynard Lalo. 13 inches high and $360. (TUCSON)
Talavay or Early Morning Katsina by Darwyn Puhuyaouama. 13.25 inches high and $300. An Ewtoto by Lenno Polingyumptewa, 11 inches high and $360. Wakas or Cow Katsina by Larryn Masawytewa, 11.5 inches to feather tips and $325. (SANTA FE) A Badger of Raynard Lalo. 11.5 inches to the tip of the feathers. $280. (TUCSON)
A Sotuknagw by Lenno Polingyumptewa. 14.25 inches high to feather tip and $475. (SANTA FE)
A Morivosi katsina, 12.5 inches high, by Raynard Lalo. $260 (SANTA FE)
Above is a Kwaamana or Eagle Maiden by Carl Nequatewa. 12 inches high. $200. (SANTA FE)
The Patzro - one of the tsiro or bird katsinas is by Nick Brokeshoulder, $250. Huru-ing Wuuhti or Cold Bringing Woman (12 inches high) and Hahay’iwuuhti (15" inches high to feather tips) also by Nick. Each $250. (ALL IN SANTA FE)
A Kwaakatsina (Eagle katsina, by Sonny Secklestewa. 16 inch wingspan. 15 inches high. $360. (SANTA FE)
Eagle katsina also by Nick Brokeshoulder stands 20 inches high to tallest feather tip and $525. (SANTA FE)
Hakto - spirit of the forest and a katsina borrowed and adapted from the Zuni. By Nick Brokeshoulder. 12.5 inches high. $240. (SANTA FE)
A Yongötsina or Turtle katsina by Eric Kayquoptewa. 10 inches high, $250. (TUCSON)
A Yot.se'e or Apache katsina by Nick Brokeshoulder. 14 inches high. $250 (SANTA FE) $450 for the pair
A Kwewu or Wolf katsina by Larry Melendez. 9 inches high. $320. (SANTA FE)
An Early Morning (Talavai’i) katsina by Augustine Mowa. 9.5 inches high. $280 (TUCSON)
A Yot.se'e Wuhti or Apache Woman katsina by Nick Brokeshoulder. 12 inches to the tip of her feather. $250 (SANTA FE) $450 for the pair.
A variety of Hu katsina (one of the Whipper katsinas) that appears only at Old Orayvi on Third Mesa. By Nick Brokeshoulder, it stands 16.5 inches high and is $300. (SANTA FE)
Carved by Lyle Lomayma of the Fire Clan from the village of Munqapi. This Pang (Mountain Sheep) katsina with a red corn body is 20.5 inches tall and $475. (TUCSON)
Randy Brokeshoulder carved this Owangaroro. He is one of the so-called “Mad” katsinas. He is regarded as dangerous and must be lead around at rope’s length by a Mudhead. It is said that if rocks are thrown at him he will catch and eat the rocks. At Second Mesa he sometime acts as a guard katsina. 13 3/8inches high. $330. (SANTA FE)