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Eagle Dancer (Kwahu) Kachina Doll by Henry Naha (Hopi)

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Price: $1,295.00
Item Number: MCGK0249
This incredibly intricate eagle dancer katsina was carved by Hopi artist Henry Naha out of cottonwood root. From the feather atop his head to the feathers on his wings, right down to the fingernails, you are able to see the great attention to detail that went into carving this katsina. The Eagle, or Kwahu, Katsina, with his beautiful outstretched wings, is one of the most impressive katsinas.  As he dances, he tries to duplicate motions of an eagle as it soars to the heavens, as a prayer for an increase of eagles.

Henry Naha is of the Spider and Lizard clans.  He was taught by one of the masters, Cecil Calnimptewa, who is his Hopi grandfather.  He has been an active carver for over 30 years.  His figures always have an excellent stance and pose which suggest great strength and pride.

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: 11.75”, Depth: 7”, Wingspan: 14.5"

An additional $20 shipping fee will be applied at check out and will be marked as "handling" on your receipt. This item requires specialized packaging to ensure safe delivery.