191003-09 Hopi - Navajo Kachina: Katsina: 12 3/4" Butterfly by Larry Valentine
This Poli or Hopi Butterfly Kachina was hand-carved by Navajo artist Larry Valentine out of cottonwood root. Fine details and with a wonderful presence.
The Poli or Butterfly Kachina and his partner always appear together but only in the kiva during the Night Dance. The Poli Kachina is the male form of the Poli Mana, and in a reverse of the usual, he is less well-known than the Mana. He seems to appear solely on Third Mesa and may actually be a development of the Mesa. His partner looks almost exactly like the Palhik Mana, but does not serve quite the same function. This female kachina partner is portrayed by a man unlike the regular Palhik Mana who is a woman. The steps and postures of the Police Kachina and Mana, in fact the entire form of the dance, are very much like that of the more common social Butterfly Dance.