191003-18 Large Hopi Kachina: Katsina Sunface Milton Howard
Dated: Nov. 97
17 1/2" high
Sunface (Tawa) Katsina represents the spirit of the sun. This leader of ceremonies brings warmth, shelter for the old, a bright future, and playfulness for the young and is considered one of the more powerful Katsinam because the Sun is thought to be the brightest and largest of all the stars and essential to life and growth.
Milton Howard is a sought after artists.. Born on the Navajo-Hopi Reservation in Tuba City, Arizona in 1964. His father is from the Third Mesa area. His mother is from the Rocky Ridge area. Milton eventually moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico and spent his early adult life there. He is has grown children and lives in Arizona.
Milton's father was also a carver, and he learned his craft from his father and other members of his family who shared his father’s passion. Before launching his career as a full time carver of Katsina collector dolls, Milton Howard gained certification as an electrician. His first sale of a Katsina doll was to a classmate while he was in his early twenties and still studying for his electrician’s certificate. During this time he spent much of his free time exploring the art of Katsina doll carving with his cousins, and began to take orders from classmates and friends. Though Milton Howard's talent was obvious to all those around him, he did not take up carving seriously until he moved to Phoenix. Here he honed his skills as a carver of Hopi Katsina dolls, and his name quickly began to spread as a coveted artist for collectors around the world.
At the age of thirty, Milton Howard decided to dedicate his time completely to his Katsina carving talents. His collector Katsina dolls are now found all around the world in fine art galleries as well as in private collections. Though Howard’s immense talent are obvious to even the most casual observer, one additionally element to his success has been the fact that he offers these amazing pieces as rather modest prices, so even collectors with limited budgets can own one of his spectacular Katsina dolls.
Though Milton Howard remains dedicated to the traditions of his heritage, he has also learned to express himself through his collector Katsina dolls with a delightful and readily recognized sense of humor. Many of his Katsina dolls will depict non-traditional scenes, but with accurately detailed representations of the Katsinam he cherishes as sacred symbols of his Hopi culture. Here at Kachina House we’re proud to offer such a large selection of Milton Howard’s collector Katsina dolls. Our prices reflect his dedication to keeping his artwork reasonably priced and available to collectors everywhere. Milton Howard uses only the finest materials, and carves each Katsina doll by hand.