Henry Shelton


13 1/2" total height

"The Apache Kachina is a comic figure or caricature that may appear during the Kiva Dances both early and late, or with the Soyohim later in the year. A group of them frequently will appear in the Buffalo Dances during the Kachina season.

"Their actions are usually those that one would expect of Apaches on the warpath. They are often used in conjunction with the clowns."

- Barton Wright, Kachinas: a Hopi Artist Documentary (145)

Henry Shelton, who’s Hopi name is Ho-ya’oma, translated to Arrow Carrying, is from the village of Oraibi on Third Mesa on the Hopi Reservation. His father was Peter Shelton, Sr. and his brother is Peter Shelton, Jr. both of whom were carvers of katsina dolls.

Henry attended the Santa Fe Indian School from 1944 to 1949. His awards and exhibitions are too numerous to mention here. He devoted much of his life to creating katsina dolls, paintings, and sculptures.

He is in collections of the Smithsonian, Museum of Northern Arizona, Kansas State Historical Society, Denver Art Museum and Heard Museum and many private collections. His work is eagerly sought.

Gallery Price: $525.00


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