What a stunning carving. This is an absolutely gorgeous museum quality Hopi kachina made by world reknown, award winning artist, Sterling MacRae. Comes with artists bio and photograph. This is the Heoto Kachina Mana. This kachina carving is made from one piece of cottonwood and signed on the bottom. Carving is 9" tall, base is 4.5" wide with beautiful carvings in it as well. Sterling uses extreme detail throughout and uses vibrant colors. Sterling also makes pottery and oil painting. Cutest of all is that he loved to carve his own toys as a child. His carvings started at age 7. On super sale now!
Heoto is one of the guard kachinas, with a special duty of attending the cleaning of the communal water supply, in former times. She dances at all three mesas. Hence, the long hair beard, which indicates rain, or just plain water – the most precious commodity in the desert for the Zuni and Hopi dry farmers. Individually, the Heoto mana may function as a policewoman.
Kachinas are spirits or personifications of things in the real world. These spirits are believed to visit the Hopi villages during the first half of the year. A kachina can represent anything in the natural world or cosmos, from a revered ancestor to an element, a location, a quality, a natural phenomenon, or a concept. The local pantheon of kachinas varies in each pueblo community; there may be kachinas for the sun, stars, thunderstorms, wind, corn, insects, and many other concepts. Kachinas are understood as having humanlike relationships; they may have uncles, sisters, and grandmothers, and may marry and have children. Although not worshipped, each is viewed as a powerful being who, if given veneration and respect, can use his particular power for human good, bringing rainfall, healing, fertility, or protection.