Old Style Hopi Carved Broadface Traditional Guard Katsina Doll by Larsen Harris
The Broadface (Wuyak-kuita) is among the guards who prevent any transgression on the path of the Katsinam. Often called the Broadface Whipper Katsina, he carries yucca fronds that he uses frequently as whips, particularly on clowns, who are terrified of him. He is an important figure in the winter Bean Dance (Powamuya) procession. This is a strikingly beautiful doll by Larsen whose work is crisp and clean. Click on numbered boxes below image for additional views.