Gerald Dawavendewa (Hopi & Cherokee)
Hand-carved and painted using feathers, and string
625 inches / 15.875 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, Sikyaqöqlo represents the North West direction and the color yellow.
The body of this tihu symbolizes an ear of corn. Corn is an important crop in Hopi and not only serves as a food source but is also a part of many ceremonies and traditions. 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.
We include information on this tihu, what a katsina is, Hopi culture, and a biography of the artist.