Hopi Carved Kachinas

Hopi Carved Butterfly Maiden

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Hopi Carved Butterfly Maiden Dancer Katsina Doll by John Fredericks. The butterfly dance is a thanksgiving dance for the harvest, Palhik Mana is a Butterfly Maid, not a Katsina, but a woman dancer.

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Hopi Carved Butterfly Maiden

Hopi Carved Butterfly Maiden Dancer Katsina Doll by John Fredericks

Hopi Carved Butterfly Maiden. Palhik Mana is a Butterfly Maid, not a Katsina, but a woman dancer. Though at the dances the Butterfly Maid is not masked or hooded, she generally appears this way when carved as a doll. Her tablita (headdress) carries symbols for corn and butterflies, which pollinate the corn helping to bring a good harvest. She generally appears in August, as that is when the butterflies appear. The Butterfly Dance, a traditional social dance of the Hopi, is held in August after the gathering of the harvest and presentation of the Snake Dance. It is a thanksgiving dance for the harvest, chiefly for the corn crop and features dancing by young Hopi maidens wearing elaborate headdresses.

 

Dimensions:

12 in. tall

SKU

John Fredericks–4774

 

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.

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.

All his carvings are Signed and numbered.

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Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 24 × 12 × 24 in

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