Hahai-i-Wuhti Katsina – Mother of Kachinas
Carved wood (cottonwood), fibers and pigments
Height: 17 cm – 6 ½ in.
Ex collection Galerie Flak, Paris
Ex private collection, France
The kachina here is called Hahai-i Wuhti. She is said to be the Mother of the Katsinam. She is sometimes also referred to as "she who brings (or pours) water." During her appearances and dances, Hahai-i Wuhti constantly speaks to explain to the people how to behave and what they may have done wrong. She is also the Mother of Nataska (the Ogres) and the Mother of Dogs. Other kachinas are also called mothers, as are all women of the same generation within a particular clan. Hahai-i Wuhti appears in various ceremonies, accompanying other Chief Kachinas. This includes the Shalako dance and the Water Serpent dance.