Ogre Woman Katsina Doll by Sammie Walker
Ogre Woman Katsina Doll by Sammie Walker
Ogre Woman Katsina Doll by Sammie Walker
Ogre Woman Katsina Doll by Sammie Walker
Ogre Woman Katsina Doll by Sammie Walker
Hopi Kachinas by Sammie Walker

Ogre Woman Katsina Doll by Sammie Walker

$275.00

Ogre Woman Katsina Doll by Sammie Walker

Ogres are disciplinarians whose purpose is to reinforce the Hopi way of life to the children of the Pueblo. The fierce & threatening behavior of these Katsinam strikes fear into the children, but they are eventually saved by the people of their Pueblo.

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Ogre Woman Katsina Doll by Sammie Walker

(Navajo-Hopi)

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.

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.

Ogre Woman Katsina Doll by Sammie Walker

Dimensions:

15.75 in. tall

SKU

Sammie Walker–7536

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.

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 24 × 12 × 24 in

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