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Angwusi (crow katsina)
  • Hopi peoples
  • Angwusi (crow katsina), late 1800s–1993
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • wood, feathers, paint, animal fur, yarn, shell, cloth, leather, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 57 x 31 x 31 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 7/16 x 12 3/16 x 12 3/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6474
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The figure is standing on an irregular piece of driftwood. The head and back are completely covered in black fur. The wide triangular ears are covered in black feathers. There are white and brown feathers at the top front and back of the head. It has light blue tube eyes, an open yellow beak and black nostrils. It has a brown torso with a black oval outlined in white in the center. There is a thin black leather strap across each shoulder and black yarn ties with cowrie shells on the ends around the shoulders. The brown arms have black ovals outlined in white and brown fur bands and black yarn ties around the upper arms and wrists. The white hands are holding blue staffs wrapped in black yarn with white, grey, and orange feathers attached at the top. It has a blue woven kilt with yellow, orange, red, green, and black linear designs. There is fur around the back and sides of the skirt. It has brown legs with fur bands and black yarn ties around the knees and ankles. It has brown moccasins. The figure is in a dancing pose.