Old Style Hopi Carved Frog Traditional Rain Katsina Doll
Old Style Hopi Carved Frog Traditional Rain Katsina Doll by Larry Melendez
The Frog (Paqua) is the male partner of the Frog Maid (Paqua Mana) and is most likely a Water Clan Katsina. This Katsina is supposed to have originated in a prank at Shungopavi in the late 1960s. During a dance, rasping noises were heard coming from a huge box covered with painted paper. During a pause in the dance the paper broke and the Frog Katsina hopped out. On a more serious side, water is truly the staff of life in the arid southwest and the frog would be a harbinger of rain and therefore a welcome sight in Hopiland. This sweet Frog Corn Katsina is mounted on a cradleboard. A great piece of Native American craft.
7 in. tall