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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)


A Sösöpa or Cricket katsina, by Randy Brokeshoulder. 10 inches tall and $225. (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)

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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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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)


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


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Nick Brokeshoulder of the Tobacco Clan carved this Talavai’i or Early Morning katsina. 17 inches high and $330. (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 katsna from a local collection - originally acquired bout 50 years ago. 8.75 inches high. $275. (TUCSON)

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A Taawa or Sun katsina by Augustine Mowa. $500. This one is unusually large for his work: just under 17 inches tall. (SANTA FE)

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


Pangwu by Lenno Polingyumptewa. 11.5 inches high and $460. (Santa Fe)

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


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 Corey Ahonewa. 10 inches high. $300. (TUCSON)

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A Payuk’ala by Randy Howato. He stands 12.75 inches high and $425. (SANTA FE)


A Taawa by Lenno Polingyumptewa. 13.25 inches high to feather tips. $460. (SANTA FE)

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

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This is one of the tsiro or bird katsinas and represents the Woodpecker - specifically Woodepecker Girl - Hópöngawmana. $250 (SANTA FE)


A Hensona katsina by Randy Brokeshoulder. 12.25 inches high. $275. (SANTA FE)
His name is literally “craves (your) hair”. A wawarus or runner katsina, he will challenge a young man to a race. If the man wins he receives a small basket with an eagle down attached to it. If he loses the race, then the katsina will cut off a whack of the hapless loser’s hair, usually using sheep shears. 

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

At right is a Qööqöqlö by Marlin Honhongva. 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 Kawayo or Horse katsina, 12 inches high, by Horace Kayquoptewa. $225. (TUCSON)

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