As Kikmongwi, Village Chief, Tawaquaptewa had a special relationship to all Katsinam. With his knowledge and responsibilities for the Katsinam, any carved representation of them in any way that was commercially exploitative would be improper and disrespectful. Therefore, Tawaquaptewa deliberately distorted all his carvings in order to be consistent with his religious convictions and role as Kikmongwi. Tawaquaptewa was born to the Bear Clan of Old Oraibi Village.
After encountering Tawaquaptewa’s Katsinam, I began carving in this style. Appreciating the history, perhaps bringing back an art that may have been lost, as well as creating my own style and characters. As Tawaquaptewa may have created from dreams or imagination, from this very same perspective I carve my dolls into stories inspired through humor, fantasy, and from childhood memories. With the knowledge I have gained from my experience and years of carving as a Hopi artist, each of my creations holds its own unique character, emphasizing different levels of energy and concept. At last a live art form.