Hopi Kachinas by Sammie Walker

Red Tail Hawk Kachina by Sammie Walker

$275.00

Native American Made Red Tail Hawk Katsina Doll by Sammie Walker (Navajo-Hopi)

 The Red Tail Hawk (Palakwayo)  functions as protection for the community.  They either enforce an action, or are guards to prevent the approach of anyone or anything to the proximity of a location or ceremony.

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Red Tail Hawk Kachina Katsina Doll by Sammie Walker (Navajo-Hopi)

Red Tail Hawk Kachina. As a general rule the Red Tail Hawk (Palakwayo) can appear individually, when it functions more as sergeant-at-arms or policeman. In this role they either enforce an action, such as community cleaning, or as guards to prevent the approach of anyone or anything to the proximity of a location or ceremony. 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.

Dimensions: 20.5 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, “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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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 20 × 12 × 20 in

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