Hopi Katsina Carving: Black Ogre ‘Cheveyo’


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Black Ogre ‘Cheveyo’

Cottonwood Root Black Ogre ‘Cheveyo’ by Hopi Carver Aaron Honyumptewa. Cheveyo is a disciplinarian who along with the White Ogre appear at the time of the Powamuya ceremony. Both carry a a saw (sometimes a knife) as well as a bow and arrows for hunting. His purpose is to reinforce the Hopi way of life to the children. Children are told that the ogres can swallow the whole, unless they are good little children. This carving is 12 x 5 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.

There are more than 250 different Katsinas, each with its own separate attributes, representing everything from animals to abstract concepts.