Grandmother spirit katsina carving
Gerald Dawavendewa (Hopi & Cherokee)
Hand-carved wood with paint, feathers, and yarn
8.75 inches / 22.225 cm tall (not including feathers)
The katsina Hahay’i’iwùuti appears in many ceremonies and performs many roles from the blessing of Hopi children to caring for the towering Shalako katsinam that rise high above her. She has the personality of an energetic grandmother, who is very talkative and is always reminding those around her to live a proper life. She often carries a perfect white ear of corn and a gourd of sacred water which she uses in blessings. Grandmother spirit presents the best qualities a Hopi aspires to; long life of knowledge, wisdom, and family.
It is her image carved in wood that is the first tihu or “doll” a child receives the first year of their life.
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.