Gerald Dawavendewa (Hopi & Cherokee)
Hand-carved and painted using feathers, and string
6 inches / 15.24 cm high (not including feathers)
This tihu or doll carving represents a katsina spirit who is known as a gifted artist and storyteller and often brings gifts to the children when he visits the Hopi villages. Qöqlö appears in many directional colors, Qöqlö’s blue color represents the direction of South West.
This type of tihu is often given to young girls and with a string tied to the back is suspended on the wall for display. This tihu can stand on a surface as well.
We include information on this tihu, what a katsina is, Hopi culture, and a biography of the artist.