Hopi Katsina Carving: Yellow Corn Maiden


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Yellow Corn Maiden

Cottonwood Root Yellow Corn Maiden by Hopi Carver Robert Allison. The A-Ha Katsina is one of the Chief Katsinas who appears during the Owamu or Bean Dance in February. Her presence is a prater for corn which is an integral part of ceremonies. Yellow indicates the directional color of northward. This carving is 17 1/2 x 6 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.