|Dimensions||24 × 12 × 24 in|
This great and powerful leader possesses spiritual strength used to protect and cure the sick. The Bear (Hon) Katsina is considered to be a healer for the people.
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This great and powerful leader possesses spiritual strength used to protect and cure the sick. The Bear (Hon) Katsina is considered to be the number two healer for the people. His knowledge of herbs and roots gives him the power to heal the sick. The Bear symbolizes power, strength, courage, wisdom and healing. This piece was created in a style that is unusual today. Very few of the artists make the Native American dolls this way. The action is wonderful and the carving, painting and details, especially his teeth, are fabulous.
19.5 in. tall
Sammie Walker is a Native American: Hopi/Navajo Master carver. Sammie Walker, master carver of Kachina dolls since the age of 8, was born to Deer Water Clan. Realizing that his son had a gift for carving Sammie’s father introduced him to a Hopi friend, Many Cattles who gave Sammie a book on Hopi Kachinas and then taught him the art of carving. Later, Many Cattles initiated Sammy in one of his Hopi plaza dances. Since that time Sammie has carved dolls for local enthusiasts as well as for Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton and President Fox of Mexico. Hand carved and collector items. Signed and numbered.
Hopi Katsinam are crafted to acknowledge celestial beings, significant animals to the Hopi people, and the ancestors who help with their harvest, raising their spirits as well as raising their children. The Hopi people believe that the Katsina dancers possess supernatural powers, though they are men from the village wearing masks and feathered costumes.