Talavai Katsina – Morning Singer Kachina doll
Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Height: 9 in. (23 cm)
Ex private collection, USA
According to Jesse Walter Fewkes, this Kachina appeared on the morning of the last day of the ceremonial cycle called Powamu (Bean Dance). Masked Talavai dancers appeared in pairs at sunrise on the roofs of adobe houses and sang to awaken the village. They gave offerings of bean sprouts to all the villagers.
The arrival of Talavai was a prayer for rain (hence the symbol of the clouds on the cheeks).
Our doll has superb colors and cloud motifs on the face and on the back of the mask.