Hopi Arts and Crafts Kachina Dolls

Kachina Dolls

Kachina dolls are one of the oldest forms of art for the Hopi Senom and have been a way for the Hopi people to express their artistic skills for many years. Initially, Hopi Kachina dolls were not carved as a source of revenue but as gifts. It wasn’t until after World War II that Kachina dolls were specifically carved as a source of revenue (Wright, 2008). Today there are many forms of Kachina dolls ranging from the old world style to the more contemporary. The artists featured here are members of the Hopi Tribe and are trained using authentic methods passed down from generation to generation.

Logan Honanie

We met Logan on #SmallBusinessSaturday while visiting the Hopi Cultural Center. He had several dolls for sale including this beautiful sculpture. Logan is from the village of Shungopavi.

Cole Biakeddy

Cole is Iswungwa (Coyote Clan) is from the Village of Moencopi and can be found on Social Media. He is open to custom orders and can also be reached via Email

Tayron Polequaptewa

Our featured artist is Tayron Polequaptewa. He is Sun Clan from the Village of Shungopavi and specializes in the traditional style carving. His work can be found in many magazines and Art Galleries throughout the US. He is open to custom orders and has inventory available. He can be reached via email along with social media.

Benjamin Mahle

Hopi Artist is Benjamin Mahle is Roadrunner clan from the village of of Sichomovi and is the proud father of one teenage son. Benji has been carving since he was in his teens and has many styles to chose from, ranging from full one-piece dolls to flat dolls. He is open to custom orders and is available via telephone at (928) 797-9266. His mailing address is: P.O. Box 1020, Polacca, AZ 86042.

References:

Wright, B. (2008). Hopi Kachinas: A Life Force. HOPI NATION: Essays on Indigenous Art, Culture, History, and Law, 12.