Lowell Talashoma

Deer Dancer

16 1/2" total height

The Deer Dancer takes part in the popular plaza kachina dances. According to Kachinas by Barton Wright "he has power over the rain, and of course, when he dances, he is a prayer for increase of deer.

"Usually when a group of these dancers appear they are accompanied by a Wolf or Mountain Lion Kachina as a side dancer. Presumably the first Deer Kachinas were brought from Awatovi, which may be correct as they retain a strong Rio Grande appearance.

"The position that this kachina usually assumes when he dances is that of bending forward at the waist and resting the front part of the body upon the short stick that is carried in his hands."

- Barton Wright, Kachinas: a Hopi Artists Documentary (166)

Lowell Talashoma was born January 23, 1950 in the village of Moencopi, Arizona at the western edge of the Hopi reservation. He spent many of his childhood years in Salt Lake City, Utah, with a Mormon foster family.

In spite of his separation from the Hopi influence, his talent for carving came through as he began carving different animals from wood at the age of 6 as a Cub Scout.

Upon his return to Hopi at about the age of 10 he began carving kachina dolls and has been doing so now for almost 40 years. After Lowell's return to Hopi he spent many years trying to reconcile the Mormon and Hopi religions. He now feels the two flow together well for him. As a result, Lowell is a very spiritual man.

Lowell states, "I try to carve the dolls the way the Kachinas are in the dances. I look at them the way they walk, the way they stand and how they give the gifts."

Lowell's emphasis is on the surface treatment of the wood, creating a multitude of various textures that give a very realistic appearance. Lowell has also done carvings in bronze and is an accomplished painter too

Lowell's figures portray the human body in full action and in anotomic proportion. Lowell is featured in most every book on Kachinas. He is featured in Hopi Kachina Dolls and Their Carvers by Theda Bassman on pages 150-154 and in The Art of the Hopi by Lois and Jerry Jacka on page 79.

Lowell's work is also shown in Erik Bromberg's Kachina Doll Carving on pages 26,27 and 30. In Helga Tiewes book, Kachina Dolls, Lowell is featured on pages 117-119.

The Kachina is signed on the bottom of the base: "Lowell Talashoma, Sr."

Gallery Price: $3,600.00


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