At left is Huru-ing Wuuti, carved by Tayron Polequaptewa. She is the goddess of turquoise, of shell ornaments, of wealth and the bringer of winter (ice and snow). She is thought of as an ugly old woman in the daytime and a beautiful young girl at night. Her home is a kiva in the Pacific Ocean. She is believed to be gentle and kind but never mingles with humans. 9 inches high. $240.
The Hoho Mana above is aso Tayron's work. 9.5 inches to the tip of the feathers. $250 (BOTH IN TUCSON)
At right, a Tsitoto (Tobacco Flower katsina, by Craig Grover. It measures 13.5 inches high and is $300. (SANTA FE)
At left is an old style Palhkwmana or Butterfly Maiden by Manuel Chavarria, of the Butterfly Clan from Sitsom'ovi village. 22.5" high and $800. (SANTA FE)
At left, a Paakwa or Frog katsina by Craig Grover. He stands 9.25 inches and $240. (SANTA FE)
A Sio Salako by Ryan Gashweseoma. He measures 14" high to the feather tips. SOLD. (SANTA FE)
Also by Ryan Gashweseoma, a Saiastasana or Zuni Rain Priest of the North. He stands 11" high, $350. (SANTA FE).
A Katsin Mana as she would appear during the Niman Ceremony, carrying a coiled basket to give out as a gift. By Justice Tso, it 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 Wuyak Kuita or Broadface katsina (one of the whipper or guard katsinas) by Ryan Gashweseoma. It measures 10 5/8" high to the feather tips. $275 (SANTA FE)
This Pang katsina (Mountain Sheep katsina) was carved by Randy Brokeshoulder. 15 inches high. $400. (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. SOLD (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 or 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)
A Hilili katsina by Darance Chimerica. 13 inches high. $300. (TUCSON)
Above: A Tsa'wayna katsina by Craig Grover. He stands 8.25 inches high and $210. (SANTA FE)
The Tsa’wayna or Chakwaina katsina is a warrior or hunter katsina, as indicated by the huzrunkwa or warrior/hunter pahos (paired prayer feathers) attached to the top of the head. He is thought by some to represent the Moor Esteban, who led the Spanish to Zuni as he is a katsina who first appeared at Zuni.