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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.”

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