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Butterfly Maiden Kachina Doll by Randy David, (Hopi)

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Price: $180.00
Item Number: MCGK0204P

Randy David, First Mesa Hopi artist, carved from cottonwood a contemporary version of the Butterfly Maiden Kachina. In this piece, the Kachina doll has stylized butterfly wings decorated in purples. On the lower border of her blanket, lie symbols of rain clouds, an important element for the Hopi. She is holding two finely carved eagle feathers and an elaborately carved turquoise necklace is around her neck. Along with an eagle feather on the crown of her head, two antennas further illustrate that she is indeed a Butterfly Maid.

Central to the traditional religion of the Hopi people of the Northern Arizona are Kachinas. A Kachina (Katsinas) is a supernatural being relied upon to provide rain, fertility, health, and well being. While kachinas play a role in many of the Pueblo societies, the Hopi are most noted and prolific today in kachina doll carving. Each year in elaborate ceremonies, men of the Hopi villages dress and mask themselves for ritualized dances to represent and call on the different Kachinas. Kachina dolls are carved from cottonwood root and have long been used to instruct Hopi children in the ways of the traditional religious cycles, and to help them learn to identify the hundreds of different beings. The carvings convey the movement of the dancer, and the specific particulars of the mask, costume, and accessories. In addition to kachinas, Hopi artists also carve figures from Hopi mythology and folklore as well as other Pueblos dancers. To read more about arts of the Hopi, click here.

Height: 5 ¼”, Width: 4”, Depth: 2 ¾”