Turning the Book Wheel
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13 of November, 2013

Corn Kachina and Mudhead Kachina by Leroy Kewanyama
From Ritual in Pueblo art (1970)

These are two popular kachinas which often appear in unsolicited drawings. The Mudhead may make amusing speeches, unlike most kachinas, while the Corn Kachina represents the most important crop of the Hopi.

The Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation worked with several Hopi artists in the late 1960s to paint scenes of life on Second Mesa or other topics of choice. The project, including artist biographies, is documented in this publication along with reproductions of the paintings (sadly only a few in color.)

Posted 11 months ago
Tags:  #Native American Heritage Month  #Hopi  #American Indian  #Native American Art  #katsina  #kachina  #mudhead

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