Hopi Katsina Carving: Cactus Head ‘Navuk-China’


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Cactus Head ‘Navuk-China’

Cottonwood Root Cactus Head ‘Navuk-China’ Katsina by Hopi Carver. Cactus Katsina Navuk-China appears in mixed katsina dances on all three mesas. He also serves as a guard or policeman when special Katsinas appear. He is a part of the angry Katsinas who serve as disciplinarians.  The colorful cactus depicted  is consumed by the Hopi for food. This carving is 20 inches x 10 inches.
Please note because of the delicate nature of the Katsina, there is a minimum $150 packing and shipping fee.

History of Katsinas

Katsina Carvings also known as Kachina Dolls are gifts given in hope of future, abundance, and health, as well as tools for education. Katsinas are traditionally carved from the roots of cottonwood trees and near the Hopi lands. The Hopi word for cottonwood root is paako, which means water wood. The cotton-wood root’s ability to seek and find abundant water, mirrors the ability of the katsina to do the same for the Hopi people. For the Hopi, Katsinas are the bridge the spiritual world and mortals. Each year Katsinas walk upon the earth and they dance to bring life.