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Heheya Mana Dancer Katsina
Heheya Mana Dancer Katsina
Heheya Mana Dancer Katsina
Heheya Mana Dancer Katsina
Hopi Kachinas by Sammie Walker

Heheya Mana Dancer Katsina

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Heheya Mana Dancer Katsina

by Sammie Walker  (Navajo-Hopi)

 called the Whistler Kachina. Like the Kokopelli Mana she attempts to attract the young boys. She arrives with others on their food collecting trips. When food is offered that is inferior or is not offered at all , she whistles and attempts to rope the boys or men and drag them away.

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Heheya Mana Dancer Katsina

by Sammie Walker

Heheya Mana Dancer Katsina Doll by Sammie Walker (Navajo-Hopi)

Native American Made Heheya Mana Katsina Doll by Sammie Walker (Navajo-Hopi)

Heheya Mana is called the Whistler Kachina. Like the Kokopelli Mana she attempts to attract the young boys. She arrives with others on their food collecting trips. When food is offered that is inferior or is not offered at all , she whistles and attempts to rope the boys or men and drag them away. This is a wonderful piece that is 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 are very accurate.

The Heheya Katsina has no English name or translation. Heheya Katsinam are most often seen on Third Mesa and act as messengers to the rain gods. The Heheyas dance on the side of the procession and guard the other dancers; they talk in opposites…for instance, if the dance is good, Heheya says it is bad. Heheya is a relative of the Ogre family and appears at Powamuya. The people of Awatovi village were being very “un-Hopi” in their behavior and were warned by villagers from other mesas to return to their traditional Hopi ways. The people ignored the warnings and as a result one night many of them were invited into the kiva for a game of chance, to gamble. When the people went into the kiva the villagers from the other mesas threw chili peppers down from the top of the kiva into the fire and the people were poisoned by the chili pepper gas and burned in the fire. One man witnessed this event and ran from Awatovi. When he tried to explain what had happened through his tears, which streaked his face, he babbled incoherently and staggered around. Surely a case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The villagers were very afraid of this being and his erratic behavior. He is seen in contemporary times when the Ogres come to the village homes to take the children. Heheyas will sneak around ahead of the Ogres and suddenly appear in windows to startle everyone. They are frightening reminders of Awatovi and what can happen when the people stray from traditional Hopi life.

Heheya Katsin Mana is common on First Mesa but progressively less so on Second and Third Mesas. She usually accompanies the Nataskas on their food collecting trips. When food is offered that is inferior or is not offered at all, she whistles and attempts to rope the boys or men and drag them away.

 

Dimensions:

17 in. tall

SKU

Sammie Walker–6574

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.

There are hundreds of Hopi Katsinam, “personations” of supernatural beings, important animals and ancestors who help the Hopi people raise their crops, their children, and their spirits. The Katsina dancers are men wearing masks–each of which represents a particular Katsina–and paint and feathered costumes. Everyone in the village, aside from the children, knows that the Katsina dancers are actually men from the village, though Katsinam are still believed to have supernatural powers. Much of the value in these dances is found to be instructing the young. Hand carved and collector items. Signed and numbered.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 20 × 12 × 20 in

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