Hopi, Arizona, U.S.A.
Kau’a Katsina (archaic Navajo spirit figure)
Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments, fabric
Height: 12 in. (30.5 cm)
“Volz”-type Kachina doll
Ex collection Heye Foundation,
Museum of the American Indian, New York (Inv. 9/934)
Published: The American Dream, 2015
This kachina is distinguished by the exceptional quality of its painted motifs, its clothing and the braided ornaments in its hair. The style of this kachina is characteristic of the corpus of “Volz”-type kachinas: Frederick Volz (1856-1913) owned a trading post in a Hopi village. In 1901, he acted as a buyer for the entrepreneur Fred Harvey, collecting nearly 400 kachinas. Major American museums (The Field Museum, The New York Museum of Natural History, The University of Pennsylvania Museum, etc.) would subsequently seek to acquire examples of these “Volz” kachinas. The kachina presented here was formerly in the collections of The Heye Foundation, Museum of the American Indian in New York (inventory number 9/934).