160204-14 Hopi Mudhead Kachina / Katsina by Herbie Talahaftewa
This Mudhead is Draped in a Striped Shoulder Blanket, signed "Herbie Talahaftewa" ; Herb Talahaftewa was born in 1954 and is a member of the Corn Clan. He has been active carving since 1965 and is known for his detailed, one-piece carvings. His work is in the permanent collection of the Heard Museum.
About the Carver:
Herb Talahaftewa was born March 29, 1954 at Winslow, Arizona. He is a member of the Corn Clan. Herb has been active carving since 1965.
Herb is the great-grandson of Zola & Marshal Kewanvoyouma; great-grandson of Clark Ruben Talahaftewa; (P) grandson of Herbert Talahaftewa, (the elder, textile weaver, and silversmith) and Evangeline Talahaftewa (basket weaver) and son of Lena Talahaftewa. He was named after his grandfather, Herbert Talaheftewa, who was a famous traditional doctor, herbalist, weaver and silversmith.
Carving is a relaxing experience for Herb who specializes in detailed one piece carvings. “Honestly, it keeps me sane.”
Koyemsi or Mudhead Kachinas are probably the most well-known of all of the Hopi Kachinas. They are clowns, announcers of dances, drummers and play other roles in Hopi Ceremonies.
A bit of wear to the feathers but is in overall Excellent condition