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Chester Poleyestewa, a Third Mesa Hopi artist and Medicine Man from the Hopi vil­lage of Hotevilla, has been mak­ing katsi­nam since boy­hood. He makes only tra­di­tional katsi­nam us­ing cot­ton­wood roots, hand carv­ing them with a flint knife and a pot­ter’s polishing stone. His style is more sim­i­lar to that of katsi­nam of the early 1800s: arms tucked close to the body and well thought-out adorn­ment. Us­ing old tech­niques, he makes nat­u­ral veg­etable dyes and min­eral paints made of cop­per, chokecherry berries, al­ka­line, jet and coal ash for color. With An­gora goat hair, doe­skin and duck feath­ers, he com­pletes the katsina.

3925 N. Brown Av­enue » Scotts­dale, AZ 85251 (480) 946-6155 » www.bischoff­s­

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