Hopi Indian Kachinas

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Kachina dolls are small, hand carved, hand painted figurines that represent the Kachinas of the Hopi religion or the kachina dancers. These figurines are a great way to bring Native made art into home. Choose between:

 

Blue Corn Maiden: 8in H x 2.5in W at the base 

Grand Mother: 9in H x 3in W at the base

Long Hair Mana: 9in H x 3in W at the base

and

Three Horn: 7.5in H x 2in W

Or get ALL 4! 

Blue Corn Maiden, Grand Mother and Long Hair Mana are all signed by the artist Virgil Long! These are truly one-of-a-kind and once they are gone, they are gone! 

Blue Corn Maiden Katsina// Of all the women who appear with other Katsinam, the Katsina Maiden, or Katsinmana, is the most prevalent. If she is carrying blue corn, she is known as the Blue Corn Maiden, similarly yellow corn, etc. She appears at Soyal ceremony and marks the beginning of the Katsina season by marking the openings to the Kivas with cornmeal. She often appears in regular Katsina dances with household goods, accompanied by Long Haired Katsinam. Her presence is a prayer for corn. She also honors Mother Earth and her continuing ability to feed her children. Placing this Katsina in your home, particularly on an altar, shows respect for the many gifts we receive each day from Mother Earth. This gentle maiden reminds us always to be thankful. A Katsina Maiden often will change her name to that of the Katsina with whom she is dancing, although her appearance does not change.

Grandmother Katsina// Native American cultures treat elders with a great deal of respect. Those who have lived longer are looked on as wise souls and indispensable communicators of tribal traditions and customs. For the Hopi, the Grandmother Katsina is among the most cherished, “The Mother of all Katsinam” (a title she shares with Crow Mother).

Grandmother Katsina could be thought of as the Mother Earth of the Hopi people. Her Hopi name is Hahay-i wu-uti, which translates into “pour water woman.” In many paintings and carvings she is shown pouring water out of a gourd from one hand. This represents the pouring of life around the world. In her other hand, the Grandmother Katsina is often holding an ear of corn, a symbol of the nourishment she provides to all beings.

Grandmother Katsina is featured in some of the most important Hopi ceremonies, including the Water Serpent and the Bean Dance (Powamuya). In the Water Serpent Ceremony, she serves as the main participant. Her unforgettable appearance is augmented by her tendency to speak a great deal, in a loud, high-pitched voice. Her specific purpose varies between ceremonies. In some, she demands to be fed by villagers; in others she provides food to children, blessing them with water.

Grandmother Katsina is the wife of Eototo the chief of all Katsinam. She augments his authority, providing a female role. Her children are the monsters, the Nataskas, over whom she holds strict and demanding authority.

 It is Hopi tradition for all infants to be presented with a flat-form Grandmother Katsina doll (tihu) when they are born. On other occasions, particularly during Powamuya, dolls are gifted to the children.

Long Hair Katsina// The Long Hair Katsina is a singer of sweet songs who brings rain and flowers. His beard and loose tassels of feathers symbolize rain and clouds. They appear as dancers in a group at Niman and at plaza dances with manas. Their purpose is to bring rain, and it is said that they seldom dance without the appearance of a soft gentle rain.

The Long Hair is danced from the Rio Grande to the Hopi Mesas in almost the same form. Among the Hopis there are many varieties but the regular Angak'china is the one shown here. They appear in a group and sing a very melodious song which may be one of the reasons that they are such favorites.

3 Horn Katsina// Three-horn Katsina (Payik'ala) is a warrior who dances furiously, making pleasant and rhythmic sounds. He is a guard Katsina and represents swiftness and action. The Payik'ala is believed to have been introduced to First Mesa by the Zuni in 1921.