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.
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