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Hopi Pueblo Tosonkoyemsi Katsina Doll - 26074

Category: Kachina - Katsina | Posted by Adobe Gallery Team Member | Wed, Apr 4th 2018, 11:57am


Hopi Pueblo Katsina doll - 26074This katsina is known as the Toson MudheadToson Koyemsi, and Mudhead Ogredepending on the reference book consulted.  He is not an Ogre, however, but a relative of the family. The most proper term is Tosonkoyemsi Katsina.  This is an indication of the variety of Koyemsi and their differing functions.


A number of the Tosonkoyemsi kachinas used to come with the Soyoko on Third Mesa and demand sweet cornmeal from the girls. They would then sit and taste the cornmeal to see if it was well-ground and sweet, and from this comes their name of Sweet Cornmeal Tasting Koyemsi. Since the Soyoko has not been performed on Third Mesa for over a half a century, this kachina no longer appears in this role, part of which is now played by Heheya Aumutaka.  The Tosonkoyemsi does not appear on First Mesa, and the Second Mesa form is radically different.


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