|Dimensions||20 × 12 × 20 in|
The Hoop Dancer amuses his audience with his magical circular rings that represent the circle of life.
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The Hoop Dancer amuses his audience with his magical circular rings that represent the circle of life. 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.
19.5 in. tall
Native American Hopi Kachina Dolls:
Kachina Dolls. 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.
Sammie Walker, master carver of Kachina dolls since the age of 8, was born to Deer Water Clan. He spent his childhood in Sand Springs, Arizona, in the heart of Tony Hillerman Country, where he helped his family with their farming and the tending of their 360 sheep, 67 cows, and 37 horses. Sammie’s father was a medicine man who also fashioned moccasins form the cured hide of their cattle. At the age of 8, Sammie developed a love of carving after working on a 2×4 that had been saved to repair the family’s horse drawn wagon. Sammie’s first doll was a simple stick-typo figure with no base. Pine tree sap was used as glue and the arms were secured with horse shoe nails. He and his father took the doll to Bruce Powell, owner of a trading post at Old Oraibi. He bought Sammie’s doll for $35.00. That was the beginning. 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.