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Hopi Carved Butterfly Maid Sculpture by Julius Pochoema
The Butterfly Dance is a harvest thanksgiving dance, for the corn crop & features dancing by young Hopi maidens wearing elaborate headdresses.
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Hopi Carved Butterfly Sculpture. 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. This maiden by John is wrapped in her manta to keep her warm in the morning chill. Her face is painted for the dance and she has her regalia on underneath this warm blanket. When it is time, she will drop the blanket and a tablita will be tied to her head.
This is a really spectacular carving by Julius; the more you look at it, the more little details you see. There is a Sunface on the front with the rainbow and water coming out of the kiva. The pueblo below, and way at the bottom the springs, where the Hopi get their water. On the back are three little Mudheads dancing and celebrating. Above them is a Butterfly Boy coming out of the kiva on a ladder. Above him a corn stalk with all the colors of the corn. Next to the corn is water on one side and the Hopi rain clouds and a lightning bolt on the other. A really cool piece of art work.
15.5 in. tall
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.
“Some Native objects can inspire awe in non-Native viewers, much in the way that one might respond to a fine work of art without knowing the cultural background of the imagery. The most intriguing objects ….are those that “remind us of what came before” and that have “an intense attention to detail, and an inherent beauty.” Anyone who walks in the room should be affected by it, even if they have no idea about the context behind it. We agreed that there is something compelling about the katsina (often called kachina) standing before us.” *By: Margaret Bruchac An Object Beautiful
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.