Dawavendewa - Hopi Katsina Cradle Dolls (Tihu)
These Katsinam carvings are representations of the ones given to young Hopi girls during specific ceremonies held at Hopi. These Tihunam, or dolls, symbolize the actual Katsinam and are not only toys, but a way to teach Hopi values, culture and traditions.
These carvings are handmade from dried cottonwood root collected in dry river washes in the southwest. Cottonwood roots have their own unique form brought about from weather and rain, and these features are incorporated into the carving.
Each carving uses mineral and matte paint, yarn and string, feathers, and some use gourd.
-Gerald A.A. Dawavendewa