Category Archives: Katsina Season

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

Wuyak-kuita the Broadface Katsina

Every spiritual path has its protectors. The Puebloan belief system employs Katsinam to act as guards during ceremonies and as guides for mankind.   Dolls and figurines have always played a sacred role in spiritual and cultural ritual and ceremony. The Katsina doll isn’t a toy; rather it is a symbol of the Katsina that… Continue Reading

April is Hopi Kwiyamuya

April is Hopi Kwiyamuya

The Hopi people are known for their peaceful nature and isolated lifestyle. Their culture is filled with spiritual reverence and community service. Throughout the life of a Hopi milestones are celebrated with gifts of various Katsinam which are given to mark achievements and honors. The Katsinam play a vital role in ceremonies and celebrations. Katsinam… Continue Reading

Hemis Katsina and the Grinding Maidens

Few representations of a rich culture are displayed in quite the same artistic way as the Hemis Katsina. Vibrant colors and a unique headdress give this doll a virtual life of its own. This Native American Hopi is home to the summer months, noted as appearing typically in July at the Home-Going ceremony (Niman). The… Continue Reading

Celebrating Hakitonmuya (the waiting period)

  May is the beginning of the end of Katsina season. Specifically May, is Hakitonmuya (the waiting period), the period for planting beans, squash, and melons outside and waiting for warmer weather to plant the corn outdoors. This is the period of waiting for warmer weather.   The ceremonies and activities for this season include… Continue Reading