Shalako Mana Katsina – Shalako Maiden kachina doll
Carved wood, pigments
Height: 11 ¾ in. – 40 cm
Ex collection George Everett Shaw, Colorado
Ex collection Barry Walsh, Massachusetts
This kachina doll is known in the Hopi pantheon as Salako (or Shalako), the Maiden Giant Bird (Mana means "Maiden" or “female” in Hopi language).
Shalako is a prayer to bring rain over the parched fields.
This spirit appears during the solstice (Pamuya) ceremony in January and invokes the elements for abundant rains.
Salako Mana shares many characteristics with the Butterfly Maiden Kachina (Pahlik & Poli Mana). They are among the most spectacular Hopi kachinas with their large and elaborate tabletas (crown-like element) on top of their heads.