Hopi Katsina Carving: Grandmother ‘Hahay-I-Wu-Uti”


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Grandmother ‘Hahay-I-Wu-Uti”

Cottonwood Root Hopi Katsina Carving Grandmother ‘Hahay-I-Wu-Uti” by Hopi Carver Marvin Polacca. Grandmother ‘Hahay-I-Wu-Uti” translates into “pour water woman’. She represent the pouring of life around the world. She is the wife of Euototo the chief of all Katsinam. It is a Hopi tradition for all infants to be presented with a flat form grandmother katsina doll (tihu) when they are born.  This carving is 10 1/2 x 4 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.