Native American Art - - CARVINGS -

Hon­or­ing the old-style tra­di­tion of katsina carv­ing, Darance Chimerica will be of­fer­ing his time-hon­ored carv­ings at mar­ket this year. He’s been work­ing on his carv­ings for more than 21 years. “Grow­ing up on the Hopi reser­va­tion, I have learned the ways of Hopi tra­di­tional carv­ing and all the tech­niques that it en­tails,” he says. “These tech­niques in­clude us­ing dry cot­ton­wood root, hand col­lect­ing my min­eral paints, feath­ers and us­ing hand wood­carv­ing tools. The dolls that I cre­ate are repli­cas of how I would see them in phys­i­cal form. The de­signs and the col­ors are all sym­bols that rep­re­sent all forms of life. Historic mark­ings tell sto­ries of the Hopi. I try to ex­press my­self through my carv­ings, paint­ing and the en­ergy that is put into each doll.”

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