DENNIS JUNE GALLERY
Katsinam are primarily an art form of the Hopi. Other Pueblo tribes also have a katsina culture, but it largely remains underground—a consequence of Spanish invasions centuries ago. Each weekend in growing season, katsina dances are held in the Hopi villages. Village leaders create sacred costumes and dance the spirits.
Featured here is a one-piece carving by the late Leonard Selestewa. Notice the natural stance and movement of the Warrior Mudhead. Under-cutting and in-cutting, with flowing fabrics and full action dancing help advance the world-class skills of Hopi carvers. No single group in the world carves better figurals than the Hopi.
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