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Hopi Pueblo Talavai - Morning Katsina Doll - C4126C2
The Talavai or Morning Katsina formerly appeared in pairs on the rooftops and sang songs, waking the people in their village. During the day they would dance with the other katsinas whom they led and prompted in the singing. This role is no longer used in any of the villages. They still appear with the other katsinas in the PowamuCeremony and are most often standing in a set to one side of the main movement of the procession. Occasionally they sing as they stand holding their spruce trees and ringing their bells.
The specific name of this katsina is also the generic name of a group of katsinas that appear at dawn on the last day of the Bean Dance (or the Powamu Ceremony) and give presents and bean sprouts to the children of the village. This latter group, referred to as Talavai Katsinas, may include Huhuwa, Ma'alo, Talavai, Hemis and many others to include the Morning.
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