Aholi and Eototo - Troy Nash Hopi Katsina Doll
Troy Nash is a well-known Hopi carver from First Mesa whose work is featured in many of the most prominent galleries in the Southwest. His work is also noted in the defibitive book Hopi Katsina-1,600 Artist Biographies by Dr. Gregory Schaaf.
Troy is a member of the Tabacco clan at Hopi, from Keams Canyon, Arizona. Troy is a member of the Tobacco clan and the Hopi. His work is traditionally hand carved with just a pocket knife and traditionally detailed. He is a self-taught carver who says his favorite part of making the Kachina is painting and seeing the doll come to life.
In Barton Wright's, Katcinas - A Hopi Artist's Documentary, we read:
One of the Kachinas that appear each year is Eototo. On each of the three mesas, he is the spiritual counterpart of the village chief and as such is called the ``father" of the kachinas. He is the chief of all Kchinas and knows every ceremony. As father or chief of the kachinas he appears in all ceremonies. At Third Mesa during the Powamu, Eototo and Aholi come out of the Chief Kiva. Eototo is always leading, and he draws cornmeal symbols of clouds on the ground.
Aholi is Eototo's lieutenant. He appears only on Third Mesa and in the company of Eototo during the Powamu Ceremony. Legent has it that Aholi, left behind to fight a rear guard action, later followed Eototo through migrations that took them from Mexico to Utah and from the Colorado River to the Rio Grande and back to their present location on Third mesa.
Item No.: KD.0001
Artist: Troy Nash
Size: Aholi: 9 1/2 in H; Eototo: 8 in H