Kachina - Hopi Haha-I Wuhti by Stetson Honyumptewa, CKMBG21-01

A Hopi Haha-I Wuhti kachina.

Stetson Honyumptewa

13 1/4" H X 4 1/2" W

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  • Title: Hahai-i Wuhti

    Culture: Hopi

    Maker: Stetson Honyumptewa


    Materials: Wood, feather, acrylic paint

    Signed? Yes

    This female kachina is present at many ceremonies including Salako,

    Powamuya, Pachavu, Palölökongti, and Soyoko. She embodies the personality

    of a Hopi grandmother, speaking in a shrill voice. Her vocal nature is not a

    common attribute of kachinas. During the Pachavu on Third Mesa, she is known

    to have offered children somiviki (a Hopi food), pouring water on their heads

    when they reach for it. This is a ceremonial action. She is also the wet nurse of

    the Water Serpents during the Puppet Dances. Her tihu (doll) is given to Hopi

    infants and captive eagles (Wright, Kachinas: a Hopi artist’s documentary, 60).

    Stetson Honyumptewa has been carving since the 70s, winning an award in

    1992 for Best Recognized Kachina. His favorite figures are Chakwaina, Hilili, and

    Honkatsina, among others. His ex carvings have been shown in a number of

    galleries including McGee’s Indian Art (Keams, AZ), Packard’s on the Plaza

    (Santa Fe), and Indian River Gallery (Las Vegas, NV). According to Packard’s,

    Stetson is “known for highly detailed carvings. His figures strike dramatic poses

    and seem alive with energy” (Schaff, 134).