Tino Yuvella Bufalo Hopi Kachina Doll
One of the functions of this Kachina is to bring the cold. He also serves the overall function of prayers for good health, good crops, and a good harvest. This kachina appears most frequently in the winter months, at the beginning of the Kachina season.
He has been known to dance in the night Kachina dances in the kivas primarily, yet he has also been known to appear in plaza dances with the mixed Kachinas. He usually carries a lightning stick and a rattle with stars painted on it. He is a contemporary kachina.
Known as the Cold Weather Man; he comes to help with/for a good hunt; at Oraibi, he wears white leggings; at Shungopavi, he wears yellow leggings and requires a shirt.
The magnificent headdress of feathers Tawa wears encircles his face hidden by a colorful round mask. The mask is split between a blue bottom half and the top that is vertically split into orange and yellow halves. The dancing figure wears a white skirt topped by a brown belt. The spruce tree, bell and flute are elements described in the myths told by the Hopi people. The Sun Kachina Doll is a valuable piece to add to any collection of Kachinas.
Tino Youvella is a well known 1st Mesa carver. His son and grandson also carve the root of the Cottonwood Kachinas
Item No.: KD.0062
Artist: Tino Yuvella
Size: 12 in H