"The Hano Mana is given
to the girls of Tewa in much the same manner that Hahai-i Wuhti
is given the Hopi girls by the men of their villages. Even among
the Hopis it is very often a favorite for the first or second
gift to the children
"She appears in the Bean
Dance on Second Mesa and in the Water Serpent Ceremony on First
Mesa. Usually if this kachina wears the embroidered wedding robe,
it is turned inside out. More often she appearsin the maiden
shawl. The hair is normally put up in Tewa-style knots on either
side of the head rather than as it is shown here. Spruce is held
in each hand with the corn."
- Barton Wright, Hopi Kachinas: a Hopi
Artist Documentary (51)
Paul hails from Third Mesa
- the village of Hotevilla. He is a young carver at only 34 years
old, but has been carving since he was only 7 years old. Born
in Ganado, Arizona - he is of the Roadrunner and Greasewood clans
He credits his uncles with
teaching him the kachina carving art. His favorite designs include
animals, morning kachinas, and maiden kachinas.
"This is a talent that
I have been fortunate to be taught by my uncles when I was very
young. Doll carving was a way to support myself with things that
I wanted when I was a child all the way to my adult life. This
has always been a means of supporting my family and myself.
"I enjoy carving because
every piece I create has a little piece of myself in it. Each
piece of cottonwood has a specific art form in it. When I start
carving the kachina, working within the wood, it will come right
out and show itself, but if I try to go against what is within
the wood, it takes longer and things don't usually work out the
way you want.
"I enjoy teaching my
carving talent to people who are serious about learning and who
are willing to make something out of being able to learn. My
carvings mean a lot to me. I don't make them just to make them.
I always think about how my carvings are and where they live
and how they are being taken care of.
"I am very grateful to
my uncles Bill & Willard Sewemaenewa for always pushing and
encouraging me to learn this art."
- taken from Paul's own autobiographical