Kachina Dolls: The Art of Hopi Carvers

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University of Arizona Press, 1991 - Antiques & Collectibles - 160 pages
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Much has been written about the popular kachina dolls carved by the Hopi Indians of northern Arizona, but little has been revealed about the artistry behind them. Now Helga Teiwes describes the development of this art form from early traditional styles to the action-style kachina dolls made popular in galleries throughout the world, and on to the kachina sculptures that have evolved in the last half of the 1980s. Teiwes explains the role of the Katsina spirit in Hopi religion and that of the kachina doll—the carved representation of a Katsina—in the ritual and economic life of the Hopis. In tracing the history of the kachina doll in Hopi culture, she shows how these wooden figures have changed since carvers came to be influenced by their marketability among Anglos and how their carving has been characterized by increasingly refined techniques. Unique to this book are Teiwes's description of the most recent trends in kachina doll carving and her profiles of twenty-seven modern carvers, including such nationally known artists as Alvin James Makya and Cecil Calnimptewa. Enhancing the text are more than one hundred photographs, including twenty-five breathtaking color plates that bring to life the latest examples of this popular art form.
 

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Hopi Indian Kachina dolls have evolved from a primitive religious symbol into a modern art form. Tracking this transition, Teiwes covers the history and cultural background of the Hopi Indians and ... Read full review

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I have two of kachina dolls by Alvin James. Would you know how to email him about fixing them? MY email is 2preciousnene@gmail .com. I love them and the need to be repaired . Hattie Parker from Houston Texas. The book is great.

Contents

Hopi Life and Religion
1
The Hopi Reservation
3
Freshly cut bean sprouts gifts of the Katsinam
9
The Katsina Season and Ceremonies
11
A line of Hemiskatsinam and the Katsinmamant
16
The Antiquity of the Katsinam
21
The earliest wooden artifact resembling a carved
23
Kachina Dolls
33
Two Late Traditional style tithu
44
New Carving Techniques
51
The pocketknife still the most used carving tool
52
Examples of Cecil Calnimptewas early
58
Segmenting each division into sections that will
64
The Carver as Artist
69
TwentySeven Modern Hopi Carvers
81
A Summary
143

Kachina dolls on a wall in a home in Oraibi
34
Two putsqatihu hahay i wuuti dolls
38

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