5138-04 Navajo Kachina Signed "Squash Man - Alberta Sloan"
Traditionally a Hopi doll, this is a particularly well carved Navajo example.
Plants are of great importance to the Hopi, because of their dependence upon them for food. (Corn is the most important food, and most often used plant kachina.) The Patung Kachina, or Squash Kachina, is a chief kachina of wuya for the Pumpkin Clan. There are relatively few members of this clan left, and consequently their stories are not very well known. Although the Squash Kachina’s function as a wuya are unknown, he does appear as a runner on First Mesa. His effigy is a great favorite for collectors.
From a private Washington State collection.