Native American Hopi Carved Yeibichai Talking God Dancer Sculpture
Native American Hopi Carved Yeibichai Talking God Dancer Sculpture by Prinston Collateta
This Katsina is intended as a replica of the Navajo Talking God, the leader of the Yeibichai dancers who wear masks of the Yei and appear on the ninth and last night of the Navajo's Nightway healing ceremony. The Hopi stage a Navajo Katsina Dance on First and Third Mesas, led by this Katsina. The ears of corn on the mask signify life and a prayer for a rich harvest. This particular Yei is Medicine Yei; he is carrying his rolled up medicine rug.
8 in. tall