Hopi Katsina Carving: Ogre Women ‘Soyok Wuhti’


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Ogre Women ‘Soyok Wuhti’

Cottonwood Root Ogre Women ‘Soyok Wuhti’ by Hopi Carver Paul Sewemaenewa. The Ogre Woman are accompanied by several other Ogres, who tell the children what punishments they may face if they don’t do as Soyok asks. Children are told theOgres can swallow them whole unless they are to be good children. In most ceremonies, the little girls grind corn and the boys hunt mice. At the end of the ceremonies, the end of the ceremony, the men of the village take the food the Ogres gathered from the children. This carving is 12 x 8 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.