Native American Hopi Carved Silent Warrior Dancer Katsina Sculpture
Native American Hopi Carved Silent Warrior Dancer Katsina Sculpture by Prinston Collateta
Silent Katsina or Shalako Warrior (Nakiachop) is one that does not appear today. He is one of the old Katsinam and is purported to be the one who performed the extremely dangerous Ladder Dance on the cliff edge. He carries a very small tree that he places in a hole that has been carved into the top of the mesa at the edge. Overnight the tree grows to over 40 feet tall. The dancer climbs this tree and swings from the top. As the tree sways in the wind Nakiachop dances on the branches. This Katsina was always a young man, and the dance was so dangerous, since the tree and the dancer were right at the edge of the mesa, that it has been halted.
8.75 in. tall