Nuvadi

Warrior Mudhead

8" total height


"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 for misbehavior.

"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 paints.

"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 a two-
dimensional artist assists him in his ability to accurately provide shading and other details. His work is all one-piece.

Gallery Price: $1,350.00

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