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Snake Dancers (Chusona) Kachina Doll by Leo Lacapa (Hopi) SOLD

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Price: $625.00
SOLD - Please call us for more information
Item Number: MCGK0256

This cottonwood root carving depicts two Snake Dancers, or Chusona, which are not actually considered Katsina but are society personage among the Hopi. The carving here depicts a Carrier and a Hugger. The carrier is holding the snake in his mouth while the role of the hugger is to dance behind and soothe the snake by fanning it with a feather wand. The snake is considered a communicator with the spirits and the dancers are ask for rain.

A member of the Corn Water Clan, Leo Lacapa likes to make his kachinas the way he was first taught by his uncle at the age of 15, using just a pocketknife for carving and sandpaper for smoothing the finished doll.

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: 7.75", Width: 5", Depth: 4.75"

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.