Hopi Eagle Dancer Kachina by Joseph Duwyenie - 1K15R


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If you needed to talk to the gods you might petition help from an animal who could soar near the heavens. The eagle dancer plays a role in many Native American spiritual ceremonies. For the Hopi and other Pueblo tribes, the eagle dances frequently as he carries messages to the gods. The eagle may dance for rain, a good harvest, blessings on a family, healing, or all of it. The dance is meant to mimic the flight and attack of this sacred bird of prey.

The eagle dancer is one of the main dancers in the spring solstice ceremony where you might see him at night dancing in petition for a bountiful spring crop. The Hopi consider the eagle to be kind, wise, and strong and also a great friend. It is common for this sacred bird to receive a wide array of gifts during the ceremony. One of the most important features of the eagle is its feathers which are used in ceremonial prayers as well as healing rites. The Hopi consider the eagle feathers to be the most sacred as the eagle "always represents the zenith or above." (UC Press E-Books Collections)

Joseph Duwyenie is a seasoned carver who learned the craft from his father and has since passed this art form down to his children. He has been carving Kachina dolls since 1970 and has a distinct clear style particularly where feathers are concerned. His playful folk feather carvings can be seen here on the feather crown, the base of the eagle mask, and the wings of the magnificent Kwahu. He is posed with his wings outstretched mimicking his assent into the heavens. This piece comes to life with the use of vibrant traditional colors with particular attention to the eagle's beak, his mouth open wide as he delivers his messages to the gods.

Kachina: Kwahu (Eagle) Dancer
Artist: Joseph Duwyenie, Hopi, Arizona
Dimensions: 8-3/4 in. tall, wingspan 9 in. base 3 in.
 


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