A buyer’s guide for katsinas with advice from experts.
Katsinam, the spirit messengers of the Hopi, come in the form as clouds, giving rain. The cottonwood-carved figurines in the pages of this section are more than just dolls. They are infused with the history and culture of the Hopi spirits, as well as that of their creators.
For this special buyer’s guide, we have reached out to some of the leading Native artists, dealers and gallery owners and asked them to send in the most remarkable katsina dolls currently in their inventory, accompanied by detailed descriptions of the work. All of the katsina dolls on display in this guide are currently available for purchase, so if a particular item holds your attention, reach out to the seller and ask about how you can make it a part of your own collection.
Alongside the contemporary and Old Style dolls that are currently available for purchase, we’ve sought out opinions from experts on what information buyers should know when they are adding a katsina doll to their home.
“Remember, these valuable artifacts grow in value, just by the passing of time,” notes Dennis June, owner of Dennis June Gallery in Scottsdale on the experience of collecting. “Moreover, you are your katsina’s caretaker, with the responsibility of its care and condition. Do your own due diligence in shopping and enjoy the fruits of Native American art. Enrich your life!”
Alexander E. Anthony Jr., owner of Adobe Gallery, adds, “The collecting process can be as great a joy as the artwork itself.”