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A Sakwa Matya, Blue Hand katsina by Darance Chimerica. One of the runner katsinas, he is 10 inches high and $270. (SANTA FE)

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A fearsome Mongwa or Owl katsina by Ferris Satala. 12 inches tall. $400. ON HOLD (SANTA FE)

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Talavay or Early Morning katsina, by Raynard Lalo. 12.5 inches high and $300. (TUCSON)

He usually appears about dawn, (hence the English translation of his name) carrying a small spruce tree in one hand and a bell in the other, singing in a high, almost falsetto voice. He bears rainclouds symbols on his cheeks and is regarded by many Hopi as one of the more beautiful katsinas, both for his appearance and his voice. 

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Nick Brokeshoulder of the Tobacco Clan carved this Sio Avatshoya or Zuni Spotted Corn katsina. 12 inches high and $300. (SANTA FE)

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This is one of the tsiro or bird katsinas and represents the Woodpecker - specifically Woodepecker Girl - Hópöngawmana. SOLD (SANTA FE)

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A Kawayo or Horse katsina, 12 inches high, by Horace Kayquoptewa. $225. (TUCSON))

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A Sakwa Hu (Blue Whipper) by Nick Brokeshoulder. 15.5 inches high. $275 (SANTA FE)

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Kwaamana or Eagle Girl, also by Nick. 10.5 inches tall. $180 (SANTA FE)

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A Supai katsina from the 1940s-50s. 13 inches high to feather tip. $975. (SANTA FE)

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An Anak’china or Longhair katsina, by Larry Melendez. 12 inches high to feather tip and $240. (SANTA FE)

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This Navan or Velvet Short katsina was carved by Larryn Masawytewa. 11.5 inches high not including feathers. $350 (SANTA FE)

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At right is one of the wawarus or runner katsinas: a Qalavi. By Tayron Polequaptewa. 9 inches to the top of the feathers. $200.(TUCSON

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A Soyok Wuuhti - one of the so-caled Ogre katsinas- by Ryan Gasweseoma. 8 inches tall. $300 (SANTA FE)

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Palöngawhoya - one of the Twin War God, also by Nick Brokeshoulder, 18 inches high. $400 (TUCSON)

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A Pang or Mountain Sheep, also around 1940-50s. 12 inches high, (TUCSON)

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A Tasap katsina from a local collection - originally acquired about 50 years ago. 8.75 inches high. $275. (TUCSON)

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This Anak’china carrying gifts was made by Max Curley. 13 5/8” high to feather tip and $300. (SANTA FE)

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A Koonin Mana or Supai Mana by Cimmaron Grover. 14 inches tall. SOLD. (SANTA FE)

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A fearsome Nata’aska by Lenno Polingyumptewa. 15 inches high. $550. (SANTA FE)

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This Tumo’ala was carved by Nick Brokeshoulder. ~16 inches high to feather tip and SOLD. (SANTA FE)

The Tumo’ala katsina represents the spirit of what is known in English as the devil’s  claw plant (Martynia parviflora) which was a source of edible seeds and –for many tribes – the black material used in stitching basket designs.

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A Tumas or Crow Mother katsina -by Tayron Polequaptewa. 11 inches high and $350.(TUCSON)

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This Lizard katsina was carved by Brendan Kayquoptewa. 12 inches high to the tip of the feathers. $240. (TUCSON)

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A Hilili katsina, one of the guard/whipper katsinas, by Brendan Kayquoptewa. 11 inches tall and $280. (TUCSON)

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Sometimes confused with the Zuni Long Horn katsina, the Wupa’al katsina is one of the Mong or Chief katsinas, regarded as one of the oldest of the Hopi katsinas. ON HOLD (SANTA FE)

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A Pawik or Duck katsina by Jared Quamahongnewa. 10 inches high and $240. (SANTA FE)

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This Patgna or Squash katsina was carved by Cory Ahonewa. 10 inches high. $300. (TUCSON)

At left: A Qööqöqlö also by Cory Ahonewa. 7.25 inches high. $120. (TUCSON)


 Also known as a storyteller, sometime after WWII Qööqöqlö was given an additional role. To combat the intrusion of non-Hopi traditions, specifically Santa Claus and Christmas, he was assigned the task of taking presents to Hopi children just before Christmas Day.  He is also known as a storyteller.They may appear with masks of the color of any of the four cardinal directions.  Yellow is for the South.





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A Talavay’i or Early Morning katsina by Jared Quamahongewa. (TUCSON)

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Above is a Pang katsina (Mountain Sheep katsina) was carved by Randy Brokeshoulder. 15 inches high. $400. (TUCSON)

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A Patzro by Larry Melendez. 11 inches tall. $180 (SANTA FE)

  Though usually translated a ‘shrike’ in English, the bird has been identified as a chesnut-collared Longspur which inhabits open grassy areas – like that south of the Hopi mesas. They are frequently seen around springs, seeps or small ponds in the early morning or at dusk, hence his nickname in Hopi as water bird.