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Katsinam

Master carver Josh Aragon (Hopi/Laguna) coaxes the Longhair from this slender piece of cottonwood root.  Carved in the traditional fashion, the katsina is hand-carved and then hand-painted with a variety of natural dyes, in patterns reflecting his role in Pueblo life as the Bringer of Rain.  His blanket tells a story of daily life, with […]

Hand-hewn by master carver Josh Aragon (Hopi/Laguna) in the traditional manner, out of a single piece of cottonwood root, Morning Singer emerges to call the dawn.  Most carvers create katsinam standing alone, divorced from the context of daily Pueblo life; showing the figure ascending the pine ladder to emerge onto the roof is one of […]

This smaller “Young Boy Longhair” katsina is done in a traditional style found at Zuni Pueblo. By master carver Josh Aragon (Hopi/Laguna), the carving is done the traditional Hopi way, of a single piece of cottonwood root, and is painted in symbolic colors and patterns. Carving stands 12-1/8″ high, including 3/4″-high base and tip of feather; […]

The Corn Katsina emerges here from an ear of yellow corn on the front, from blue corn on the reverse. Hand-carved by master carver Josh Aragon (Hopi/Laguna) in the traditional Hopi style from a single piece of cottonwood root, and hand-painted in traditional patterns, the katsina stands just over 16.5″ from feather tip to base. Hand-painted […]

Aya (“The Runner”) is handcrafted in the traditional Hopi style, of a single piece of cottonwood root, by master carver Josh Aragon (Hopi/Laguna). Roughly 9.5″ from feather tip to base, Aya wears the classic ruff and sack mask, and carries an eagle feather instead of a yucca whip. Hand-painted in traditional patterns. Hand-painted cottonwood root […]

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