Hopi, Arizona, USA
Possibly a variant of Koyona Katsina
Turkey Kachina doll
Carved wood and natural pigments
Height: 8 in. (20.5 cm)
The Great Tradition of Hopi Katsina Carvers 1880 to Present, Barry Walsh, 2019, p. 20, fig. 1
Price: on request
Birds have always played a central role in Hopi ceremonies. According to Hopi mythology, at the beginning of the world, birds gave the first men the key to certain universal mysteries, allowing them to emerge from the Underworld. Birds continue to play the role of counselors for humans, interceding for them with spirits and divinities. Finally, birds are associated with the worship of water: by remaining close to birds and observing them, the Hopi are assured of locating sources of water, and thus of protecting themselves from drought.
According to Barton Wright, the Turkey Kachina (Koyona Katsina) appears in the kivas with other bird figures at night or during the Mixed Dances in the spring. He is not a common kachina and dances only on First Mesa.