Gerald Dawavendewa (Hopi & Cherokee)
Hand_carved wood with paint, feathers, and string.
8 inches / 20.32 cm tall (not including feathers)
Paqua katsina represents the spirit of the Frog who appears with the rainy season. A desert frog called the Spadefoot toad (Scaphiopus couchii) hibernates waiting for the summer rains. The frogs croaking their mating call as they rise with the rain is also a reminder of the return of life-giving moisture to a desert.
This flat doll carving style is called Putsqatihu and are often given to infant girls and with a string tied to the back is suspended on the wall for display. Due to the size and weight, it is suggested that this tihu be displayed on a surface.
We include information on this tihu, what a katsina is, Hopi culture, and a biography of the artist.
This unique carving is larger than the traditional flat style doll carvings. Dawavendewa collected the weather-worn wood in a dry river bed in southern Arizona, ancient migration routes of his clan: Taawa or Sun who once journeyed into south America until their return to what is now northern Arizona.