Old Style Hopi Carved Ahola Chief Traditional Katsina Doll
Old Style Hopi Carved Ahola Chief Traditional Katsina Doll by Sean Macias
The Ahola is a Hopi Chief Katsina of very high order. He is considered an elder and a very wise chief. The Ahola appears at the Bean Dance (Powamuya) ceremony to open the Katsina ceremonial season. The Ahola brings prayers for a long and healthful life. He and Ahola Mana go from house to house making their appearance. On the outside walls of each home, the Ahola draws four horizontal marks with corn meal. The women inside the house come out and sprinkle the Ahola with cornmeal and at the same time take some corn seeds from the Ahola Mana's basket. The two leave and go to the kiva entrance and face each other. He holds his staff out for support and strength and bends his right knee and continues kneeling and standing in rhythmic motion. He calls out to the kiva chief and the two discuss the arrival of the Katsinam for the year. This wonderful and unusually large piece has a gourd rattle for a head. This carving can stand or hang. Sean did a great job on this and it is more wonderful in person than in a photo.
15 in. tall