This distinguished carver is a nephew of the legendary jeweler Charles Loloma, and brother to famed jeweler, Verma Nequatewa.
He has chosen the traditional art of kachina carving for his creative, award-winning path.
This gracefully elongated, double kachina combines two of the most popular kachina figures, given as infant gifts to new babies: Tewa Girl, and Hahai Wuhti.
Kachinas served many purposes, in the past. They were creative outlets during long winters, toys for children to play with, decorations for the house, and – most importantly – visual textbooks.
An oral society, the Hopi, Zuni, and other Pueblo tribes, used kachinas to teach children, especially the girls, about tribal lore and stories.
Flat kachinas were given to newborns, to dangle over their cradles, as crib toys, do, today. This double carving evokes this tradition.
Carved traditionally from a dead cottonwood root – which doesn’t harm a tree, and symbolizes the cottonwood’s affinity for water – this lovely carving used the natural form of the wood.
Tewa Girl, the taller figure, is clad in the traditional one-shouldered manta dress. She wears a choker of turquoise and clamshell, as well.
Carved into the thickness of the branch, her long hair encompasses the tall, tapered ear of corn that seems to grow within her.
Partially separate, the Hahai Wuhti is a flat piece, as dictated by the form of the root.
This kachina, variously the Grandmother, Mother, or Pour Water Kachina, is the first present a baby receives. always in the flat, cradle form.
Tewa Girl is usually the second, especially for baby girls. This would be a really creative, precious, baby gift, to be enjoyed by art-loving parents.
Even without the information of its meaning and use, this is an uncommonly graceful, colorful, and appealing carving, by a recognized Master with celebrated relatives.