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Ogres (Tseveyo) are disciplinarians to reinforce the Hopi way of life to the children. The fierce behavior of these Katsinam strikes fear, but they are eventually saved from imminent danger by the people of their Pueblo.
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The Black Ogre (Nataska) is a disciplinarian who appears around the time of the Powamuya ceremony.
Ogres (Tseveyo) are disciplinarians whose purpose is to reinforce the Hopi way of life to the children of the Pueblo. The fierce and threatening behavior of these Katsinam strikes fear into the children, but they are eventually saved from imminent danger by the people of their Pueblo. These Katsinam are commonly called Boogeymen. The Black Ogre (Nata-aska), and the White Ogre (Wiharu), carry a saw (sometimes a knife) as well as a bow and arrows for hunting. Their outstanding feature is their long, flapping jaws, which they can clack most effectively.
These Ogres accompany Ogre Woman (Soyoko Wuhti) when she comes to the Mesas to tell the children they must gather food for the Katsinam. Nata-aska comes as well to show the children what punishments they may face if they do not do as Soyoko Wuhti asks. As a means of discipline, children are told the Ogres can swallow them whole, unless they are good little children. In most ceremonies the Nata-aska Katsinam accomplish their objective and the children do as they are told. At the end of the ceremony, the men of the village are able to take back from the Nata-aska Katsinam the food they have gathered from the children 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.
Sammie Walker is a Native American: Hopi/Navajo Master carver. Sammie Walker, master carver of Kachina dolls since the age of 8, was born to Deer Water Clan. 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.
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.