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Chester Poleyestewa

From the Hopi village of Hotevilla, this noted carver is deeply respectful of the traditions of his people. Enthusiastically sought after by collectors around the world, his kachinas are carved from dead cottonwood root, like those of past centuries, and are in the same style used by the Hopi people for centuries.
In the past, kachina dolls were made for children so they would learn to recognize the dancers’ masks, during ceremonies, and the lore behind them.

They were meant to be toys, as well as learning tools, so Poleyestewa’s versions are adorable, seemingly cuddly, and very appealing – even the ogres. Another feature of his instantly recognizable style is the use of natural earth colors, which coat the underlying wood completely, and result in a soft, pastel-like palette unlike any other artist’s.