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Alfred "Bo" Lomahquahu: Chaveyo

15 1/2" total height

"Chaveyo is one of the more cosmopolitan kachinas. He is represented in nearly every pueblo, but his original home was probably in the San Juan area of New Mexico. However, for the Hopis his home is the San Francisco Mountains, and he is the husband of Hahai-i Wuhti. The family of Hahai-i Wuhti and Chaveyo are the Nataskas, the dreadful Sosoyok't.

Chaveyo is the Sergeant Snorkel of the kachinas. Should any Hopi fail to meet his obligations in community work or transgress the unspoken rules of conduct for the village, Chaveyo will show him the error of his ways. Chaveyo often appears with Soyoko on First Mesa buy can appear for the same purpose anytime during the spring months. However, he is usually seen in the Powamu or Palolokongti (Water Serpent Dance) being badgered by the clowns who eventually will be soundly whacked for their efforts.

This 'giant' kachina is a favorite of kachina carvers and his irritable cantankerousness usually shows in the dolls that represent him. Those who see him for the first time at a kachina dance usually remember the kachina with 'all those feathers and a sword.'"

- Barton Wright, Kachinas: a Hopi Artist's Documentary (27)


Alfred "Bo" Lomahquahu was born at Keams Canyon, Arizona in April, 1964. He was raised in the small Hopi village of Bacavi, high atop Third Mesa, in Northern Arizona. He learned early the wisdom of accepting and following his elder's counsel. Advice given him by one grandfather, a Hopi medicine man, to travel and gain new experiences, was particularly influential in the shaping of Alfred's life and principles.

As a direct result of that advice, he departed his homeland and attended a boarding school in Riverside, California. After completion of his formal education, Alfred joined the Marines, and for the next six years, he traveled extensively. As he observed other cultures, Alfred developed a deeper appreciation for the Hopi's simple way of life.

A short while after his return to the States, an unfinished kachina was given to him to complete. His first kachina was so well received that he decided to pursue carving as his vocation. From that point, Alfred's destiny became clear. Today his kachinas are still well received and admired as evidenced by his numerous awards.

In each of his dolls, the spiritual element is always present. Couples with that element, Alfred does his utmost to give good form and outstanding physical characteristics to each finished piece. He is always hopeful that each of his kachinas will eventually grace a home where good feelings abound, for the underlying purpose of the kachina is to promote harmony.

Ten hour days are the norm for Alfred, but he enjoys his "work" and is happy with it. With each passing day, as he patiently toils, Alfred attempts to instill those long ago, sage words of his grandfather, within his own children.

Alfred continues to create masterfully done pieces of art for an ever growing audience of ardent fans, loyal supporters, and avid kachina collectors.

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