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Oliver Tsinnie: Eagle Dancer

18 1/2" total height
15" wingspan

This dance is not as common as it might have been at one time, and according to Barton Wright's Kachinas: a Hopi Artist's Documentary, you might have the satisfaction of occassionally seeing a performance "in one of the night ceremonies in March or during the Powamu."

"Usually the personator imitates the step or motion and cry of the eagle to absolute perfection. There is evidence that this kachina was imported into Zuni from the Hopi and is danced there in much the same manner that it is at Hopi.

This may be why the Eagle may appear during Pamuya on First Mesa with Zuni Kachinas." (87)


Oliver Tsinnie was born to Dorothea Fritz and Orville Tsinnie in December, 1964. He was born into the Hopi fire clan (also known as Masa) on his mother’s side and his father was Navajo. He has been carving since 1992 and credits his mother for convincing him to give carving a try. He was completely self-taught. He remembers watching his Grandfather and his uncles carving when he was very young. At that time he says, they pieced the Kachinas together with nails and put fabric,fur and leather on them for clothes and shoes. Oliver is married to Marcella and they have 10 children between them.

Oliver carves one piece Kachinas and has become a very fine carver. He uses quite a bit of motion and his fine detail is excllent. His favorite Kachinas to carve are the Ogre and the Deer.

Oliver has taken awards at the Museum of Northern Arizona and Santa Fe at Indian Market. He also won the SWAIA challenge award in 2000.

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