Hopi Katsina Carving: Shalako Male with Mudhead


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Shalako Male with Mudhead

Cottonwood Root Shalako Male with Mudhead by Hopi Carver Orin Poley.  The Zuni Shalako are the God’s messengers who throughout the year carry messages and brings rain when need. When they depart, they carry the Zuni’s prayers for Rain. Koyemsi-Mud Head are the most recognized Katsinas as they appear in almost every ceremony. They play many different roles in addition to being clowns and entertainers during the performance of serious dancers, reminding us of our humanity. This carving is 15 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.