Native American Hopi Carved Grandmother Katsina Sculpture
Native American Hopi Carved Grandmother Katsina Sculpture by Benjamin Kabinto
The Grandmother Katsina (Hahay-i wu-uti) or Happy Mother shares with Crow Mother the title of Mother of all the Katsinam. Her husband is said to be Eototo and her children are the monsters, the Nataskas. She appears during the Bean Dance (Powamuya), the Serpent Ceremony and at Home Going (Niman). She speaks in a high voice and is very talkative. Flat carvings of the Grandmother Katsina are given to Hopi infants. As a young girl matures, she receives larger, more detailed forms of the different Katsinam. This wonderful curved piece shows the Grandmother pouring water from her groud, which fills the pot below. From the pot grows the vines which hold the flowers and at the top is the Grandmother, pouring the water. A beautiful piece.
20.5 in. tall