This kachina carver/ was a prominent lawyer, as well. He was most actively carving during the 1980’s, when we purchased this piece.
Now retired, and an elder of the Hopi tribe, he devotes himself to informing younger people of the history and lore of his people, striving to ensure that they are not forgotten by future generations.
This vibrant Hopi/Zuni Warrior kachina is authentically carved from a piece of dead cottonwood root.
This has spiritual meaning, since the roots of those trees reach deep down to water, which is especially precious for these tribes., which rely on rainfall for irrigation.
Warrior kachinas were often guards and/or whippers, during various ceremonies.
This crisply carved and painted example is characteristic of the 1980’s style, with leather and shell bandeliers, a real feather, and yarn on his wrists.
The vibrant, matte colors are also typical of the era.
Authentic in every detail, graphic, caught in action, and vividly decorated, he will handsomely guard your home and/or kachina collection.