This new batch of traditional
kachinas includes a series of antiqued kachina carvings
by Manuel Chavarria Jr. who won First Place for his elaborate
Hemis Kachina at the 2005 Hopi Tuhisma Art Show.
This new style gives these
great carvings the rustic appeal of the original vintage carvings
from the turn of the 19th century.
The early traditional style
kachinas have bodies that are carved to approximate human proportions.
For example, the arms are usually at right angles and are pressed
against the body. A static kilt and sash resemble the lower part
of the body and the legs are usually short. The head however,
is carved and painted correctly to identify each specific Kachina.
These dolls exhibits a pronounced spirituality because of their
strong stylization and abstractness.
We are delighted to featured
the award-winning work of traditional Hopi kachina carver Maneul
Denet Chavarria. Manuel is considered one of the "winningest"
old-style carvers of his time.
Manuel is from First Mesa.
He has influenced many of today's younger traditional carvers.
Along with his numerous awards, he has been featured in many
publications, including Arizona Highways and Tradition Hopi
Kachinas: A New Generation of Carvers by Johnathon Day.
"The Cricket Kachina
(Susopa) appears as a racer, although many Hopis will say that
he appears on ly at nigh tin the kivas. This seems to be a difference
among villages. Usually this kachina appears with a black bandolier
and a tuft of small feathers in place of ears. The kilt he wears
is almost universally the folded, plaid, man's shoulder blanket."
- Barton Wright, Kachinas: a Hopi
Artist's Documentary (230)