Native American Hopi Carved Longhair Redbeard Katsina Sculpture
Native American Hopi Carved Longhair Redbeard Katsina Sculpture by Virgil Long
The Longhair Redbeard (Hokyan Angak'china) is originally from Zuni Pueblo. Longhair appears at most Hopi Mesas.She wears her hair loose on her back to represent falling rain. She is one of the most popular of all Katsinam. These Katsinam appear in a group and sing a very powerful melodious song which may be one of the reasons that they are such favorites. They often appear at the Home Going Dance (Niman). Their purpose is to bring rain, and it is said that they seldom dance without the appearance of a soft gentle rain to help the crops grow. The Redbeard Angak'china or (Hokyan Angak'china) is so named because of the peculiar step she uses in dancing. This Redbeard has a Longhair at the base looking to the sky for the clouds that bring the rain.
10.75 in. tall