Salimopia Katsina – Red warrior Kachina doll
Carved wood, pigments, fabric and feathers
Height: 11 ½ in. (29.5 cm)
Ex collection Marjorie Stone, USA
This Zuni doll is a representation of Salimopia (Salimboya / Salimopaiya), the Zuni Warrior. Salimopia is one of the Chief Kachinas of the Zunis. He functions as guards around the more sacred kachinas.
There are six different types of Salimopia kachinas, one for each of the Zuni cardinal points, depending on the mains colors of their costumes.
During the ceremonies, Salimopia dancers came barefoot with evergreen foliage about their ankles and crow feathers around their necks. Their action was very fast, dashing from one point to another. For this reason the individuals who impersonated these kachinas were always the very young men.
The main attribute of the dancer was a branch of yucca, used to strike the young initiates. Salimopia appeared during night dances that notably took place in the kiva.