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Sakwa Hú (blue whipper katsina)
  • Emory Pohuma
    1915–1991, active circa 1955–1991
    active: United States, United States
  • Sakwa Hú (blue whipper katsina), mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • wood, paint, feathers, thread, wire, leather, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 28 x 13.5 x 15.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 x 5 5/16 x 6 1/8 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5965

The standing figure has both arms held in front of the body holding stylized yucca whips of thread and wire.

It has a blue head with wooden and real feathers on the top. It has a blue curved horn at each side of the head with a black stripe and tipped in black. The sides and backs of the horns are red. The face has popout eyes with a band of black outlined in red behind them. It has a long rectangular mouth with red lips and black teeth. A black wooden beard extends from the mouth with white lines. A red leather tongue comes from the mouth and extends past the beard. The torso and arms are brown and the upper arms have a blue band painted around the bicep. The proper left wrist has a brown and blue wristband and the proper right wrist has a thin black line around it. White hands hold "yucca whips" (wire wrapped in green material). It has a white kilt with a black and red border along the bottom and rows of yellow "x's" along the top. A white sash is attached at the back with yellow Hopi friendship symbols and vertical lines extending almost to the ground. It has light brown knees with black ties painted around them. The lower legs are brown. It has red moccasin boots with white soles.