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The ear­li­est dolls, from the 1880s to around 1900, are of­ten very sim­ple in struc­ture and de­sign. The arms are close to the body with no fin­gers (re­ferred to as tummy warm­ing in the trade). Th­ese are rare dolls and can be quite ex­pen­sive. A late-19th-cen­tury Pah’lik Mana in 2017 brought $20,000 at auc­tion. This price range is not un­usual, and rare or large katsina dolls in good orig­i­nal con­di­tion can bring into the low six fig­ures; ex­cep­tional ex­am­ples have brought over a $100,000. The evo­lu­tion of the ori­en­ta­tion of the dolls’ arms went from around the stom­ach, to the sides and fi­nally straight out or in ac­tion with each decade.

Powa­mui katsina, ca. 1910-20, dances at the Bean Dance.

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