"Cactus" Kachina - Chester Poleyestewa, KCP18-01


Cactus Kachina. 

Chester Poleyestewa.

17" T by 6 1/2" W.

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  • Chester Poleyestewa has been making katsinas since he was a young boy. He makes them in traditional style and uses all natural ingredients to make his paints. This is a cactus kachina (yung'a) which became recognized around the turn of the century. It appeared on the first mesa primarily in the soyohim. Also on the third mesa this kachina insures the cleaning of springs. Most of the time accompanied by  the yung' man, a woman. Poleyestewa's katsinas can be hung on the wall traditionally or can be place on their feet. This is a unique piece to add to your collection.  Materials: cottonwood root, shell, feathers and natural minerals in sand for paint.