A Sakwa Matya, Blue Hand katsina by Darance Chimerica. One of the runner katsinas, he is 10 inches high and $270. (SANTA FE)
A Kwiwilyaqa or Mocking katsina, by Nick Brokeshoulder. 12 inches tall and $250. (SANTA FE)
The Kwiwilyaqa is a Mocking katsina and when he appears during a katsina ceremony he humorously pantomines various activities and often mimics every small motion of some hapless victim in the audience on the plaza until the victim is either paralyzed with laughter or reluctant to move a muscle for fear of seeing the slightest motion echoed by his tormentor. Kwikwilyaqa means ‘Striped nose’ and his other nickname is the equally descriptive Lapuqtö or Cedar Bark Head.
Circa 1950s, this Tasaf katsina is 12 inches high. $250.(SANTA FE)
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.
Nick Brokeshoulder of the Tobacco Clan carved this Talavai’i or Early Morning katsina. 17 inches high and $330. (SANTA FE)
A Sakwa Hu (Blue Whipper) by Nick Brokeshoulder. 15.5 inches high. $275 (SANTA FE)
Kwaamana or Eagle Girl, also by Nick. 10.5 inches tall. $180 (SANTA FE)
A Supai katsina from the 1940s-50s. 13 inches high to feather tip. $975. (SANTA FE)
An Anak’china or Longhair katsina, by Larry Melendez. 12 inches high to feather tip and $240. (SANTA FE)