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Little River Grandfather - Tunei-nili Katsina

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Carver Unknown
  • Category: Traditional
  • Origin: Hopi Pueblo
  • Medium: wood, paint, feathers
  • Size: 14-1/4" Tall
  • Item # C3535.47
  • Price: $950.00

This very animated carving of Tunei-nili imparts a feeling to the viewer of a dancer in motion. The carver did an exceptional job on this Navajo-derived Katsina, who was inspired by the Navajo Rain Gods, the Tone-nili, who appear on the sixth day of the Navajo Yeibichai Ceremony, and was incorporated into the Hopi pantheon of Gods.


Tunei-nili has the responsibility of looking after the Navajo or Tasap Katsinas and is usually a side dancer for them.  The name Tunei-nili Bitzai means “little wash” or “little river grandfather.”  He sometimes appears with the Velvet Shirt Katsina.

 

Condition: this Little River Grandfather - Tunei-nili Katsina is in very good condition with missing item from his left hand

Provenance: from a family in Oregon to whom we sold this doll in 2005.

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

Carver Unknown
  • Category: Traditional
  • Origin: Hopi Pueblo
  • Medium: wood, paint, feathers
  • Size: 14-1/4" Tall
  • Item # C3535.47
  • Price: $950.00

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