"The Hopi word 'Kipok'
means 'go to battle' or 'attacking someone.' This kachina frequently
comes in the summer time with the clowns, although he may infrequently
appear during the fast parade. He has been known to gather men
and bring them to the proper kiva.
"He functions as a 'hunter'
of the clowns and has been seen to chastise the other kachinas
he apperas with in the mixed Kachina dance and to threaten punishment
"Dolls of this kachina
are not found in earlier collections and were called Powak Koyemsi
only a couple of decades ago. This is usually a sign that the
Kachina has not been present for a very long time for it is still
regarded with suspicion."
- Kachinas: Spirit Beings of the
Hopi, Neil David, et al. (116)
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
"I began carving Hopi
Kachina dolls in the beginning of 1995. My sons, Dion and Austin,
are the inspiration for my artistic expression.
"My kachinas are made
from cottonwood roots that I hand carve with a variety of knives.
First, the wood is sanded smoothly and textured with a woodburner.
Next, the unpainted piece is then sprayed with polyurethane to
seal the grains. After this, it is painted and shaded with acrylic
"Although some of my
work is traditional, I have cultivated my own style of carving.
I am well known for my Butterfly Maiden, Warrior Mouse, Red-tail
Hawk, and Kokopelli Couple.
"I am delighted to share
my kachina carvings with all who respect and appreciate my artistry
and cultural heritage."
- Nuvadi Dawahoya
Nuvadi is the son of Beauford
& Dinah Dawahoya. His name means "Snow," in the
Hopi language. As a young artist, he has quickly captured the
attention of collectors and gallery owners around the country.
He has won ribbons at nearly
every major show - including many first place prizes and best
of show and best of class awards. Some of these competitions
include the Heard Museum Indian Market, Santa Fe Indian Market,
Tucson market, and the Southwestern Museum Invitational in California.
His work is unlike anything
we've seen before. He consistently amazes the judges and sets
the standard for new and innovative styles in kachina carving.
His work has a sense of proportion and realism that is unmatched
in the realm of kachina carving.
A close look at Nuvadi's carvings
reveals a meticulous but subtle attention to detail. Each figure
is postured and posed to give a sense of life-like action. Every
inch gone over and textured very carefully. His background as
dimensional artist assists him in his ability to accurately provide
shading and other details. His work is all one-piece.