A marvelous carving of the White Buffalo kachina as it is portrayed in ceremonial dances, by a human with the proper accoutrements. Carved from a dead cottonwood root, as is authentic, this figure is also adorned with realistic representations of the actual dance costume: deerskin kilt and fringes on the feet, white fur, wooden rattle and bow, shell bandoliers, etc.
Every detail is meticulously created to be realistic. The action is realistic, too. Naturalistically proportioned, the dancer is shown in mid-step, shaking his rattle and flourishing the bow, as if caught in a fast-action photo. Dynamic, colorful, and authentic, this is a prime example of the older style of kachina carving, when real materials were added to the wooden carving itself.