201009-025 Hopi Kachina / Katsina Sakwap Mana (Blue Corn Girl) by Award Winning Artist Sterling Macrae
Sakwap Mana (Blue Corn Girl) by Sterling
9 1/2" h including base
Late 20th Century
Signed on base.
Hand Carved from Cottonwood Root
This Mana is part of the Soyal Ceremonies.
Soyal ceremonies occur each year as the opening of the Katsina season with the arrival of the Solstice or “Return” Katsinas. Their appearance, after a six-month absence, signals the starting of a new Hopi year, for no other Katsinas may be seen on the mesas until this ritual is completed. These Katsinas appear after Wuwuchim Ceremony, which is held in late November, and at a precise interval before the winter Solstice. The Wuwuchim is to mark the beginning of the new ceremonial year in the Hopi calendar. In other words, it is like the Hopi Pueblo New Year celebration.
The Soyal Katsinas include Ahöla, Ahöl Mana, Kaletaka, Qöqöle, Mastop. Ahulani, Sakwap Mana (Blue Corn Girl), and Kachin Mana (Yellow Corn Girl). Ahöl Mana, Sakwap Mana, Kachin Mana and Pachavuin Mana all appear to be the same personage with their name determined by the function they are performing. They seem identical in appearance.
Due to the fragile nature of kachina dolls, we do not guarantee they will not break during shipping. We do our best to pack them well, but due to their fragile nature and even with the best packing, small pieces can break. If you are purchasing kachina dolls, please keep this in mind.