|Dimensions||24 × 12 × 24 in|
The Owl (Mongwu) is the leader of the warrior Katsinam and brings the whippers to the summer dances. He is called upon to discipline the clowns for their non-Hopi behavior.
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Native American White Owl Warrior
The Owl (Mongwu) is the leader of the warrior Katsinam and brings the whippers to the summer dances. He is called upon to discipline the clowns for their non-Hopi behavior. The Owl appears at more than one ceremony, and in different ones at different Mesas. He appears in the Mixed Katsina Dance and in some ordinary dances. At First Mesa, he takes part in the Bean Dance (Powamuya) and in the Water Serpent ceremony. He is considered a sorcerer. 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.
19.75 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.
There are hundreds of Hopi Katsinam, “personati ons” 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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