WAKAS (COW KACHINA) Daily Painting #1035

 

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

Wakas is the Hopi take on the Spanish word for cattle, vacas. This is definitely a rare version of the Cow Kachina. But an intriguing one.

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TASAF KACHINA / Daily Painting #998

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

Tasaf, or Dasup is the Navajo Kachina. No, not one of those Kachinas, the ones made by Navajos getting on the commercial bandwagon, but a true Hopi Kachina representing the Navajo spirit.

There are several reasons this is one of my most favorite Kachinas to paint. When I left my job with McGee's Indian Den and Museum in Scottsdale to work as a trader on the Navajo Reservation, at the Greasewood Springs Trading Post, near Lukaichukai, my boss, Bill McGee, gave me a beautiful Dasup Kachina as a going away present. It remains the star of my Kachina collection.

Later, when I began painting full-time, that was the first Kachina I ever painted. I have since painted a variety of different Tasaf Kachinam in many different ways, and in watercolor, acrylics, and, of course, oils.

This is the latest, but definitely not the last of my Navajo Katsintihu paintings.

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MASTOF KACHINA / Daily Painting #984

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

Mastof Kachina, as described by Harold S. Colton in Hopi Kachina Dolls:

Black case mask with white dots on face which represent constellations: on the right side the Pleiades, on the left side the Dipper; frogs are painted on the back of the mask. grass ruff. Kilt is a woman's dress, worn out and discarded, but in the old days it is said to have been a wildcat skin. Red moccasins. Body painted black with a white hand painted on the chest. He carries a rattle and a throwing stick.

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ZUÑI HOUSE BLESSER (Shalako Kachina) / Daily Painting #958

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

I never tire of painting the Shalako Kachina. From the giant, twelve foot tall Zuñi Kachina with his clacking beak, the many Zuñi dolls representing him, in all their finery, such as this one, to the shorter, painted, Hopi Sio Shalako versions.

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THE NAVAJO AND THE CRICKET / Daily Painting #944

 

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

On the left is a Hopi Kachina doll, Tasaf Mana, representing a female Navajo spirit, and on the right, is a Sö ́sö`öpa, or Jerusalem Cricket Kachina. I found these Katsintihu in a nicho in the home of friends and was taken by the way they seemed to relate to each other. I knew the space between them would be fun to deal with, too.

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PIPTU-WU-UQTI HOPI CLOWN Daily Painting #917

PIPTU-WU-UQTI HOPI CLOWN

(Ain't she a cutie?)

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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This female companion of the Hopi clown Piptuka, though masked, is not actually a Kachina. As far as I know, no Kachina mask has a nose as this figure does. To learn more about these fascinating clowns and their ribald, sometimes obscene antics, click here for an excerpt from Barton Wright's excellent book Clowns of the Hopi.

Barton was my boss at the Museum of Northern Arizona in the 1960s and no other Bahana has known the Kachinam like he did. His knowledge was truly encyclopedic. I was honored to work with him.

NOTE:

I spent quite a bit of time yesterday responding to comments on previous posts. For some unknown reason, most of them never showed up on the blog. I'm working on a solution. In the meantime, I hope all of you who have left comments here and on whenapaintersnaps know how very much your comments are appreciated and how important they are to me, especially when I'm tempted to falter.

It can be especially difficult to keep both blogs going on a daily basis while traveling. I can't always respond, but I always read and appreciate them.

I would love to see more dialog forming between those who follow my blogs and comment on them. Hint, hint.

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KOKOPELLI MANA AND SQUASH KACHINAM Daily Photograph #899

KOKOPELLI MANA AND SQUASH KACHINAM

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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Kokopelli Mana is the female version of Kokopelli, the Hump-Backed Flute Player. She is always impersonated, though, by a male dancer. S/He can always be counted on for some ribald humor during a plaza dance, or to embarrass a member of the community who has strayed from the straight and narrow by announcing their indiscretions to the whole crowd. As you might imagine, that can be a very effective deterrent!

Here, Kokopelli Mana is accompanied by the ever popular Squash Kachina, among others in a mixed dance.

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KOROSOSTA (OTAH) KACHINA #888

KOROSOSTA (OTAH) KACHINA

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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This is the planter Kachina, bringer of seed, of corn, and of fertility to the Hopi, promising the abundant and healthy crops on which they depend.

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HU-THE WHIPPER Daily Painting #881

HU-THE WHIPPER

(PACHAVU HU KACHINA)

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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The whipper Kachinas accompany the Crow Mother Kachina and whip the Hopi boys with their yucca whips as the boys become men and are initiated. Next, they whip themselves, then the Crow Mother. And if you should happen to be there watching, beware!

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CHARRO MUÑECA DE CARTON Daily Painting #748

Charro Muneca de Carton

CHARRO MUÑECA DE CARTON

Oil on Paper mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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Charro Doll

This papier-mâché Mexican Charro Doll delighted me when I spotted it on the shelf of a local shop. I have a couple of Charros like this that I bought in Guanajuato back in ’73, as well as a jockey doll. Unfortunately, I never had a horse for them to ride. I did have a carved wooden horse, complete with leather saddle, bridle, and real miniature serape when I was a kid, but it’s been missing from my adult life. The surprising thing is that I’ve never seen another like it. I did find some of the old ceramic piggy banks like I had then, and in fact, now have a collection ranging from about an inch in length to a foot or longer.

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