Hopi Katsina Carving: White Polar Bear ‘Sakwa-Honawa’


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White Polar Bear ‘Sakwa-Honawa’

Cottonwood Root White Polar Bear ‘Sakwa-Honawa’  by Hopi Carver Ernest Honanie. ‘Sakwa-Honawa’ is a great and powerful healer who possesses spiritual strength used to protect and cure the sick. He represents power, strength, courage, wisdom, and healing. He appears in the Soyal Ceremony at First Mesa as the watchman or side dancer for Chakwaina Katsina. This carving is 18 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.