Hopi Sotuknongu - Heart of the Sky Katsina Doll, circa 1950s

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There are Katsinas that appear so infrequently that they are seldom carved because they are so seldom brought to mind. Sotuknongu is such a personage.  He appears in the Hopi Salako Ceremony.  Barton Wright stated that Third Mesa held its last Salako Ceremony in 1912, First Mesa in 1920, and Second Mesa in 1972. 

Since Wright published this information, Second Mesa has resumed performing the Salako Ceremony every 10 years.  The most recent celebration was in July 2014.

 

Condition: very good condition

Provenance: from the collection of a family from Oregon

Recommended Reading: Kachinas: a Hopi Artist’s Documentary by Barton Wright with paintings by Cliff Bahnimptewa

Close up view of the face of this Katsina Doll.

 

Carver Unknown
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