Sun or Tawa - Elgean Joshevama Hopi Katsina Doll
Also known as Tawa. The Sun Kachina is a representation of the spirit of the Sun, though he may on occasion be called the Sun Shield Kachina. He appears in a role very similar to that of Nakiachop or Talavai, standing to the side with a spruce tree in his left hand and a bell in his right. Also, he may appear in a Mixed Dance with the flute in his left hand that is associated with him in many myths.
Elgean Joshevama, Jr. was born on May, 15 1964 at Yuba City, AZ a member of the Sun clan at Hopi and resides in Lower Moenkopi, AZ; Hotevilla, Third mesa, AZ. He has been carving single-piece Kachina dolls since about 1990.
Elgean Joshevama, Jr. has won 1st place and Honorable mention at the 2003 Gallup Intertribal Ceremonials. He makes one-piece dolls (carved from one piece of wood) and has been carving for 20 years. He uses oil base paint on his Kachina dolls. (Southwest Affinity)
Elgean said that he enjoyed carving Kachina dolls because ``It sets me free to challenge myself in an artistic form.''
Item No.: KD.0030
Artist: Elgean Joshevama
Size: 10 in H