Aholi and Eototo SetTimothy Talawepi
These two kachinas go together. Eototo is the chief of all kachinas and knows all the ceremonies.
He is the spiritual counterpart of the village chief, and as such is called “father” of all the kachinas. He controls the seasons.
Aholi is the companion (Kachina Chief’s Lieutenant) of Eototo during Powamu – the spring planting ceremony – and aids him in the task of bringing rain.
Larger, and much more colorful than the rather unassuming Eototo, Aholi is, nevertheless, the lesser of the two in overall importance.
This remarkably gifted Kachina carver has made the pair to be kept together, as they are on Third Mesa of the Hopi land, during the Powamu ceremony, in early Spring.
Both are beautifully detailed, both in carving and painting (with oil paints, which give them the rich, but not garish coloration).
Eototo is covered in a white dusting, rather like the powdered corn meal he carries in a bowl. Only his elaborately “embroidered” sash, fox skin, moccasins and bowl are colored.
His role is to waft cornmeal to each of the four directions, and pour a little water into the kiva, symbolizing the return of a fruitful harvest to the ends of the earth. The feathers on his head represent prayers.
Aholi is a beautiful kachina in his multicolored cloak and tall blue helmet, in contrast to the very plain, but important, Eototo.
The back of Aholi’s cloak is decorated with dabs of color, representing germinating seeds. The red swathes on either side of his face may represent the hoped-for rains.
He too, wears and carries eagle feathers, sending prayers for a bountiful season of crops.
His role is that of a major-domo, or master of ceremonies, introducing the Eototo, and organizing the ceremony.
This pair of kachinas represent two of the most important of the panoply of spirits and ceremonial beings.
Carved with great skill, and profound understanding of the subjects, this pair will bring good luck to your home, and decorate it beautifully, too.