Tuskiapaya Katsina – Crazy Rattle Kachina doll
Carved wood (cottonwood) and pigments
Height: 10 ½ in. (26.5 cm)
Ex private collection, New York acquired early 1980s
Tuskiapaya Katsina performs in Mixed Dances. He carries a bow and arrows during his dance. He dances to the sound of a rattle, hence his name (Crazy Rattle).
This spirit is associated with a historical / mythological episode of famine in Hopiland: his dance is a prayer for abundant food and the renewal of the seasons.