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Hopi Kachina Dolls and their Carvers

Hopi Kachina Dolls and their Carvers

Theda Bassman

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Kachina dolls are carved from cottonwood by Hopi artists in Arizona to represent the many spirits of their religion. Old examples are preserved at the Heard Museum in Phoenix and most of the important Indian museums nationally. Today, modern Hopi artists continue to make exquisite Kachina dolls, and they have become very sought after by a growing number of collectors world-wide.The reader of this new book is able to grasp the art of Kachina wood carvings, and enjoy knowledge behind each doll, through the carvers who make them.The book beautifully illustrates contemporary Kachina dolls with over 150 exquisite color photographs, and delves into the lives of the carvers who make them. Twenty-five of today’s important Kachina carvers have been interviewed personally for a first-hand glimpse into their work. Discussions with Cecil Calnimptewa, Von Monongya, and Loren Phillips, to name just a few, bring to life the essence behind their carvings.All who are interested in Southwestern crafts and art in general will appreciate these beautiful art works carved by such interesting people.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | over 150 color photos | Index | 192 pp
ISBN13: 9780887403736 | Binding: hard cover

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Theda Bassman, owner of the former gallery “The Indian and I”, lives in Palm Desert, California and on the Mogollon Rim in Arizona.