This special carving is an
incredible one-of-a-kind masterpiece by the well-known Hopi carver,
Ed Tewanema. A popular kachina, the Chasing Star has never been
depicted quite like this before.
Ed's incredible ability to
create one-piece carvings is showcased masterfully in this piece,
as demonstrated by the "contact points" Ed deliberately
leaves to show how the wood flows and connects each part of the
kachina with the next.
Ed has placed this figure
in the heavens, upon a lunar landscape, where he is completely
in his element. Even the spaceship hovering above his head is
from the same piece of wood!
Be sure to take notice of
the impeccable attention to detail in the feather work, as well
as the hanks of yarn next to the face, along with the delicate
turquoise necklace, and elaborate sash work.
The Chasing Star (Na-ngasohu),
or Planet Kachina, is a handsome figure with the enormous fan
of eagle plumes behind the head and the simple but effective
design of the face.
Usually he appears in pairs
in the Bean Dance procession, the Palolokongti, or a Mixed
Dance, carrying a bell in his right hand. His particular function
Ed Tewanema is another talented
carver whose work is highly sought after and hard to come by.
We're fortunate to have only a handful of pieces by Ed, every
couple of years.
His recent return to the reservation
has given us the chance to visit with Ed more often. We hope
that we'll be able to bring more of Ed's exciting work to you.
Like many of his contemporaries,
Ed's work can only be found in the most exclusive galleries and
private collections. He is well known for being one of the "pioneers"
of the elaborate, one-piece, action-oriented carvings.
Ed's figures alway have flow
and motion in the details - whether it be a swaying turquoise
necklace of a dancer, or the messy hair of the Cold Bringing
Woman, Ed's work always has a sense of realism.
He is also known for the way
his figures "emerge" right out of the base, with the
feet and sashes not attached, but carved directly out of the
one piece of wood.
Don't be surprised if you
see Ed's work in various Santa Fe galleries for as much as $18k!