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KATSINAS

Between our two stores we have just over THREE HUNDRED katsinas on hand at any given moment - understandably our website can only show a cross-section!

Please contact us at either store with any special interests or requests you might have and we will e-mail you photos of other katsinas we have on hand - or find one for you!

An Ewiro katsina by Ferris 'Spike' from Second Mesa. 8 inches high. $250. He appears during the Pachavuin Ceremony. He also supervises the clowns during the regular plaza dances later in the year, often going after them when they become too outrageous. He also finds ‘volunteers’ for community tasks, such as the annual cleaning of the springs at the foot of each mesa-top village. (Tucson)

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Tsitoto

<< A Tsitoto or Flower katsina by Chester Polyestewa of the Bear Strap Clan from the village of Hotvela on Third Mesa. 13 inches high to the tip of the feathers. (Tucson).

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A Cactus Flower katsina by Jared Quamahongnewa. 9 inches high to the tip of the feathers. $240. (Tucson)

A Talavay katsina, this particular one 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. 12 inches high and carved by Orlen Honyumptewa. $140. (Tucson)

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A Kuwan Kokopelli. 8 inches high, carved by Dietrick Pohleahla. $150. (Tucson)

Homerfox

<<A Sikyataio or Yellow Fox katsina by Patrick Joshvema. 8.5 inches high. (Santa Fe) $180

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Sootukwnangw - literally Star-thunderhead-heart - this one is unsigned because it was intended for sale or trade to another Hopi for use as a gift from the katsinas - and those are said to be carved by the katsinas themselves so they are never signed. He appears during the early planting ceremony known as Powamuy or Bean Ceremony but may also come during the plaza dances or katsintikive. He carries a taumpi or windroarer that is spun vigorously to mimic the sound of the wind that brings the clouds that carry the rain. He also carries a wooden device that is used to imitate the striking of lighting as it dramatically springs forth. 11.5 inches high. $180. (Santa Fe)

The Ka'e Tiyo or Corn Boy is 9 inches high and was carved by Jered Quamahongnewa. $220.

(Tucson)

HORN

The name of this katsina - Payuk’ala – is purely descriptive as it translates as “Three Horn” katsina. He was frequently seen in the summer plaza dances, called katsintiikive, in the 1950s and early 60s but his popularity waned. Only recently has he been seen again. Carved by Corey Ahonewa of the Badger Clan. 12 inches high. $275. (Tucson)

Coyote

Iisaw or Coyote katsina by Augustine Mowa III

12 inches high. $265. (Tucson)