Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches
An ancient Kachina, Tsitoto appears in various mixed dances, and the Powamu Bean Ceremony, on all three of the Hopi Meas. In a gesture of purification, he strikes, rather forcefully, with a yucca switch, anyone in his path, whether child or adult, male or female, Anglo or Hopi.
This is another of the Kachinas in the Autry Museum's collection, previously the Southwest Museum collection. This is my first painting of this beautiful and colorful Kachina, as he was seldom carved until recently. Inspired by the Flower Kachina's rainbow like appeance, Barton Wright called Tsitoto a “walking prayer for summer”.
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