Sam Kayquoptewa

Eagle Dancer

13 1/2" total height

This dance is not as common as it might have been at one time, and according to Barton Wright's Kachinas: a Hopi Artist's Documentary, you might have the satisfaction of occassionally seeing a performance "in one of the night ceremonies in March or during the Powamu."

"Usually the personator imitates the step or motion and cry of the eagle to absolute perfection. There is evidence that this kachina was imported into Zuni from the Hopi and is danced there in much the same manner that it is at Hopi.

This may be why the Eagle may appear during Pamuya on First Mesa with Zuni Kachinas." (87)

Sam Kayquoptewa, a member of the Rabbit/Tobacco Clan, lives in the village of Hotevilla on Third Mesa on the Hopi Reservation.

He is from a family of talented siblings who are basket weavers and katsina doll carvers. He is an award winning carver, having won both the 2003 and 2004 Award of Excellence in Katsina Doll Carving, Southwest Indian Art Fair, Arizona State Museum, Phoenix, Arizona.

His work is in the collection of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK.

Gallery Price: $2,000.00


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