Category Archives: Hopi Katsina Dolls

The Art of Native American Sculpting and Carving

The Art of Native American Sculpting and Carving

At Kachina House we offer a variety of different carving arts. If you are interested in Native American culture, you’re probably aware of how important carvings are to the history of many Native American tribes. Carvings of wood, stone, and other materials, are a major art form in Native American culture and have a rich… Continue Reading

Hakitonmuya and the Katsinam Who Arrive in May

Hakitonmuya and the Katsinam Who Arrive in May

Also called “the waiting season,” Hakitonmuya occurs in May and begins the planting season. Although it is too early for most crops to be planted, bean, pumpkin and watermelon seeds can be put into the soil, symbolizing the start of growing season. The scattering of these crops is a special occasion, and a variety of… Continue Reading

Old Style Katsina Dolls: The Frog and Lizard

Old Style Katsina Dolls: The Frog and Lizard

Now that Katsina Season has begun, more and more Katsinam will begin to visit the Hopi people, including the Frog and the Lizard. Hundreds of Katsinam exist, each representing an animal or supernatural being that provides assistance to the Hopi. All of these beings have a specific purpose, particular dances in which they participate, and… Continue Reading

The Night Dances of March

The Night Dances of March

Four days following the conclusion of Powamuya, the Fest Parade and the Puppet Doll drama begin. At this parade, all the Katsinam enter the village and perform their specific dances. Hopi people celebrate the beginning of the Katsina season with the Night Dances of March, also called the Angkwa, which means “appearance afterwards.” These dances… Continue Reading

Powamuya and The Bean Dance

Powamuya and The Bean Dance

As we mentioned in our last blog post, Powamuya is celebrated during the month of February and includes a visit from the Hopi chiefs Eototo, Aholi and Ahola. One of the most important parts of Powamuya is the Bean Dance. A coming of age ceremony for Hopi children, young men are initiated into the tribe… Continue Reading

The Hopi Chiefs: Eototo, Aholi and Ahola

The Hopi Chiefs: Eototo, Aholi and Ahola

Three important figures that appear during the Powamuya Ceremony celebrated in February, Eototo, Aholi and Ahola bring with them the promise of a bountiful harvest. While Eototo visits on all three Mesas, Aholi visits only on Third Mesa and Ahola visits on First and Second Mesas. Eototo The husband of Hahai-i Wuhti and the father… Continue Reading