This is a unique, one-of-a-kind, hand carved and hand painted cottonwood Kachina titled Aholi. It is signed by Hopi Tewa Carver Ronald Adams Sr. Who lives in Polacca, Arizona. This eye catching figure measures 11 1/2" in height, 3 1/2" in width and has a 3 round base. Kachinas are actually "Katsinas" as there is no "ch" sound in the Hopi language.
Hopi legend says that Aholi and Eototo are legendary best friends, and while traveling together they encountered one of their greatest enemies. Aholi stayed to fight, allowing Eototo to escape. During the Hopi migratory period, they were reunited and thus, this legendary friendship began.
Aholi is known as a handsome chief and is often depicted wearing a brightly colored cloak. Brightly colored items are associated with great beauty. Traditional paints were made from colors available in the natural world: turquoise, yellow, red, black and white. When seen all together, this often symbolizes the rainbow, yet another symbol of hope and good weather. As you can see in this detailed carving, from the feathers on top of the mask, to the staff, to the token in his hand, it tells the story of the Powamu ritual.Powamu traditionally happens during the second moon after the winter solstice, and celebrates the return of the Katsinas, who have been away from Hopiland since July. This is the bean planting festival, and also involves purification and renovation of the earth for planting.
Both Aholi and Eototo are chief kachani (mongkastinam) and emerge during the sacred Powamu ceremony. This would make a fantastic gift! This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American: US\1935-Now\Dolls & Kachinas".
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