Acquired on Second Mesa in 2003, this colorful sculpture depicts a water plant with a butterfly on the stem. The rings around the base represent ripples of water. The artist who made this described it as his way of honoring a source of water that no longer is available. Since the Hopi live in the high desert and water is sacred, the loss of a well is a sad event.
Toho is the Mountain Lion, a hunter. This is an imposing doll with an action pose one would expect on a mounted katsina (kachina), standing 12.5 inches tall and 7 inches wide at the hands. He carries a rattle in his right hand and a "talavaiyi" wand in his left hand--this is a nice addition since most dolls of this type have a hunting bow instead. This vintage katsina dates from the 1960s to the early 1970s.
The Hololo katsina (kachina) is said to hasten the safe birth of a child. This fine old-style carving was created in 2003 by Cordell Naseyoma, of Hotevilla on Third Mesa. Made to hang on the wall in the traditional style, the doll is 9.5 inches high with a double fan of feathers on the back of his head, secured by a "shield" with a warrior mark. He is painted with natural mineral paints and also wears a yucca-fiber headband.