Category Archives: Hopi Katsina Dolls

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

Racer Katsinam Return to the Hopi Villages this April

Racer Katsinam Return to the Hopi Villages this April

A time of joy and excitement, Kwiyamuya coincides with the month of April and the beginning of the growing season. As fruit trees begin to bud and weeds begin to spring up in the fields, the Hopi people start to prepare the fields for planting and racer Katsinam arrive in the villages. There are many… 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