Hopi American Indian Cricket Family Kachina Set - Katsina - Dominic East
Artist: Dominic East (Hopi Tribe)
Dimensions: 4 1/4" tall X 2 1/8" Wide (Largest Piece)
Description: Incredible Hopi carved Cricket Family (Susopa) Kachina set by Dominic East of Walpi. From left to right they are "Colorful Cricket", Grandma Cricket", Racer Version", Girl Cricket". Also included is a handwritten card from Dominic with a description of the set! The Cricket Kachina pays respect to the cricket as they are a sign of warm weather coming which is the time of planting and bountiful harvest! They come as either a racer kachina who races young and old men, a symbol of speed. Or as a dancer to call the rain. This is a really nice set! They actually nest inside of each other similar to Russian nesting dolls! How unique! Dominc learned the art of carving from his grandfather Tino Youvella and his uncles Alex Youvella, Darnell Youvella and Preston Youvella. He started carving back in the when he was 17 years old. He carves his contemporary katsinas from the root of a cottonwood tree. However, these nesting dolls are made of basswood. He uses acrylic paints for his colors.