Hopi Katsina Carving: Heheya Clown


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Heheya Clown Katsina

Cottonwood Root Heheya A Hopi Clown Katsina by Hopi Carver Loren Phillips. The Heheya has a mask decorated with a zig zag marking on each cheek, a crooked mouth, his arms and legs are painted with phallic symbols. He is a relative of the Ogres, but he himself is not an ogre. He speaks the opposite of what he means. This carving is 14 1/2 inches 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.