Henry Shelton

Sotung Taka

14 1/2" total height


Hopi Sotung Taka is the Laguna Corn katsina. This figure appeared quite recently, apparently within the last twenty years.

There are two main varieties that appear with each other. One is clothed and acts as the side dancer for the other who appears bare-chested. Some Hopi say that he comes from Santo domingo and others say that he is from Laguna.

He dances gracefully gesturing with the objects held in his hands. This form is sometimes called the Laguna Gambler


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

Sale: $420.00
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