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Tawa (Sun) Kachina Doll by Alexander Youvella, Sr. (Hopi)

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Price: $265.00
Item Number: MCGK0259
Carved of cottonwood root by Hopi artist Alexander Youvella, the Tawa, or Sun, Katsina dancer appears wearing a mask with a stylized face surrounded by long eagle feathers.  His body is painted and he is wears a kilt with a sash that has a fox pelt tucked into the back.  This Katsina doll is is the representation of the spirit of the Sun.

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: 3.25", Depth: 2.75"

An additional $15 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.