The Toson Koyemsi (Sweet Cornmeal-tasting Mudhead) is made and signed by Brent Brokeshoulder. He is the son of Nick Brokeshoulder, another excellent carver. This is a relatively uncommon representation, and shows how the carver used the natural form of the wood to imply movement.
An interesting version of the popular Angwusnasomtaqa, or Crow Mother. The face is not usually shown with eyes--and there are real bird-wings used on the sides of the head. All the feathers are hand-tied.
An older Hopi wicker plaque with a star or cloud design, from Third Mesa. Measuring 12 inches across it is a nice large example with a fine weave and beautiful patina. Approximately 1970s but perhaps earlier.
This Kwahu katsina was acquired from the artist at the first Tuhisma market on Second Mesa, in 2001. It is a large and detailed piece that shows why within a few years Darence had become one of the most sought-after traditional style carvers.
This is a nice large Wakas, or cow, by Delvin Huma, who is the son of Marlon Huma and cousin to the well-known carver Theron Huma. Standing 11 inches to the top of his head and 13.5 inches to the tip of his feather, he is a great example of this popular doll. (One can never have too many cows, in our opinion.)
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.
Merlin Kopelva's katsina (kachina) dolls are immediately recognizable because of their subtle colors and exceptional detail. This is a large example of his best work, standing 10 inches to the top of his head. The doll has a slight bend in the shape of the cottonwood root from which it's made, giving the figure a nice "swaying" motion.
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.