Both by Larry Melendez from the village of Sitsom'ovi. At left is a Cactus - Yöngötsina or Prickly Pear Cactus katsina katsina. Almost 21 inches high and 14 inches across. $525.
At right is a Fish katsina. Paakiw katsina. It appears in ceremonies only at the Tewa village of Hano and is generally agreed to be a katsina brought over by the Tewas in the 1600s as, unlike the Hopi and several other tribes in the Southwest, their traditions permitted the eating of fish. Just over 17 inches high. $525. (TUCSON)
A Sipikne or Zuni Warrior Katsina by Ryan Gashweseoma. He stands 10.25 inches high, not including the base. $300.
A Katsin Mana as she would appear during the Niman Ceremony, carrying a coiled basket to give out as a gift. By Justice Tso is just over 10.5 inches high and $320. (SANTA FE)
Angwusanomtaqa - Crow Mother by Horace Kayquoptewa. Just over 10 inches tall. $250. (SANTA FE)
A Qötsa Mana or White Maiden, by Ryan Gashweseoma. 9 inches high. $300 (TUCSON)
He'e'e - Warrior Maiden by Darance Chimerica, 10 inches tall. $275. (SANTA FE)
By Darance Chimerica, this Wakas or Cow katsina is 12 inches high to the tip of his tallest feather. $300 (SANTA FE)
Hahai'i Wuuhti - the grandmother of the katsinas. She will be appearing in many villages at Hopi over the next week or so, with some of her children, the hungry Sooyokos, as part of the observance known in Hopi as Powamuya and in English as Bean Dance. By Ryan Gashweseoma, it measures 8 inches high to the feather tip. $200 (SANTA FE)
The Mudhead (Koyemsi) above was carved by Clark Tenakhongva. He was one of the very first carvers to return to the old style of carving and re-introduce mineral paints. Just over 14 inches high. $400 (SANTA FE)
A Butterfly Maiden (Palhikwmana) by Nick Brokeshoulder, 21 inches high. $500 (SANTA FE)
The Butterfly Maiden is important, butterflies being major pollinators at Hopi, but the literal meaning of her Hopi name -Palhikwmana- is Moisture Drinking Maiden.
Butterfly dancers appear in a social dance called the Butterfly Dance in English. This is held in the early Fall for the benefit of the harvest. As a reminder of the importance of family ties her dancing partner is always a relative. The headdress is made by the male partner/relative as a gesture of thanks, since the women are allowed to ask the men to dance. Her long hair represents the fall of gentle rain. Symbols of clouds, rain, lightning, the sun and rainbows, even corn are used in the tablita or headdress.
By Cimarron Grover made this Paakwa Mana (Frog Maiden is 10.5 inches high and 8.5 inches across. $475. (SANTA FE)
The Tangak.wunu katsina represents the rainbow - a fusion of sunlight and rain (the black and white dashes on his visor) from the clouds (shown on his cheeks). By Cimarron Grover, it is 13 inches high. $450 (SANTA FE)