DESCRIPTION: This pair of Native American Hopi hand carved Kachina (or Katsina) dolls includes “Antelope Kachina” with turquoise shirt and black antlers, signed Raphael Jose Jr. 2004, and “Mr. and Mrs. Kokopelli” signed D MASA, Hopi. The Kokopelli Kachina cleverly comes in two parts, which when separated show the couple as nude figures. DIMENSIONS: Tallest 10.25” high.
CULTURAL BACKGROUND: The Hopi people live primarily on three mesas in northeastern Arizona, about 70 miles from Flagstaff. Hopi katsina figures, also known as kachina dolls, are figures carved typically from cottonwood root by Hopi people to instruct girls and new brides about katsinas or katsinam, the immortal beings that bring rain, control aspects of the natural world and society, and act as messengers between humans and the spirit world. The katsinas are known to be the spirits of deities, natural elements or animals, or the deceased ancestors of the Hopi. Katsina figures originated in the late 19th century and continue to be carved to this day adhering to Hopi tradition.