Hopi Pueblo Tasap Kachin Mana Katsina Doll

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This wood carving features a Hopi Pueblo Tasap Kachin Mana Katsina.  She was carved from a heavier wood than cottonwood root, however, she is a Hopi carving.  The style of carving is of that from the early twentieth century, however she is later, most likely 1940s.

Her blue blouse and pleated skirt replicate the clothing worn by the Diné women since the late eighteen hundreds.  She wears a traditional turquoise and hieshe necklace with a pair of jaclas suspended on the necklace. Her rosy cheeks and tubular mouth are traditional to the katsina.  On the back, her hair is tied in a chonga in traditional style. Her legs are wrapped in white leather leggins over the tops of her brown moccasins. The carving is from a single piece of wood except perhaps for the mouth.

The Tasap Kachin Mana dances alongside the Tasap Katsina in the regular katsina dance, but she may also appear at odd intervals during the katsina season.  The mask is a Hopi caricature of the Diné and their manner of gesturing with the lower lip. Despite this, she is a part of a group that is very popular with the Hopis.  


Condition: this Hopi Pueblo Tasap Kachin Mana Katsina Doll is in very good condition with some paint abrasion

Provenance: from an estate in Taos, New Mexico

Reference: Kachinas: a Hopi Artist’s Documentary by Barton Wright with original paintings by Cliff Bahnimptewa

Relative Links: Kachina - Katsina DollsHopi Pueblo, Hopituh Shi-nu-mu - The Peaceful People

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