Maker: Micheal Sockyma
Materials: wood, yarn, coton, feathers
This katsina’s image is found throughout the southwest, as well as in Mexico and
South America. He typically appears in Mixed Katsina and Night Dances. For the
Hopi, Kokopelli is only a flute player when he borrows one (Wright, Hopi
Kachinas: The Complete Guide to Collecting Kachina Dolls, 120). Otherwise,
“...he is thought of as a seducer of girls, a bringer of babies, a tutelary of
hunting...” (Wright, Kachinas: a Hopi artist’s documentary, 109).
Michael Sockyma, Sr. also known as Josh-du-du-ka - Singing Bluebird, and
Mong-eu-ma, Young Corn, has been carving since the 1960s. In addition to
holding carving demonstrations for the Barton Arts Council (2004), and the
Museum of Northern Arizona (2005), Sockyma’s work has been exhibited in
Indian Market (Santa Fe), Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial, Scottsdale Nationals,
and the Museum of Man (San Diego), among others. His work has also been
featured in Spirit Bear Gift Shop (Kykotsmovi, AZ), as well as Kokopelli (Tokyo,
Japan) (Schaff, 291).