Hopi Katsina Carving: Warrior Woman-One Whorl Up Girl


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Warrior Woman-One Whorl Up Girl

Cottonwood Root Warrior Woman-One Whorl Up Girl by Hopi Carver Valjean Lalo. Known as ‘He Wuhti’, there is a male and female version based on different stories. For the male version of the Warrior did not have enough time to dress when the enemy approached so he had to wear his bride’s costume to quickly fight them. For the female story, she was finishing doing her hair when she saw the enemies approaching.  With only one side of her hair up she quickly snatched her bow and arrow and defended her village until the men returned from the fields. This carving is 17 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.