|Dimensions||24 × 12 × 24 in|
The Rattle Racer Katsina Doll (Aya) name is derived from his mask, which resembles a Hopi rattle given to children at the Powamuya or Niman ceremonies. Aya is a name for the Hopi dance rattles.
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The Rattle Racer Katsina (Aya) is rarely carved. His name is derived from his mask, which resembles a Hopi rattle given to children at the Powamuya or Niman ceremonies. Aya is a name for the Hopi dance rattles. These Katsinam come to ceremonies in pairs but race one at a time. Some Aya Katsinam carry yucca whips to swat the loser of each race. The Aya wears a mask with painted designs on each side. The cross represents the four directions. The mask is marked by a black design that looks like stitches. These stitches represent the Milky Way Galaxy, or where we are in the universe. 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 on this piece is wonderful and the carving, painting and details are very accurate.
17.5 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. 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.
Sammie Walker, master carver of Kachina dolls since the age of 8, was born to Deer Water Clan. At the age of 8, Sammie developed a love of carving. 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.
All his carvings are Signed and numbered.