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Koyemsi (mudhead katsina) and Tuhavi (paralyzed katsina)
  • Hopi peoples
  • Koyemsi (mudhead katsina) and Tuhavi (paralyzed katsina), late 1800s–1968
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • cottonwood, paint, feathers, cloth, string, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 75 x 29 x 39.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 29 1/2 x 11 7/16 x 15 9/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6473
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Description
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This is a sculpture of Tuhavi riding "piggyback" on Koyemsi.

Koyemsi has a brown head with brown knobs on the sides and the back of his head. He has a brown conical knob on the top of his head. All of the knobs have a feather attached with string. He has round popout hollowed eyes, and a flat snout that is open with a feather sticking out. There is a green sheer fabric scarf around his neck. He has a brown torso and arms. His proper left wrist has a painted black and green band and his proper right wrist has a black painted tie. His proper right hand holds a brown rattle with a grey feather that has a black kilt with a red and green border. His upper legs are brown and the lower portions of are black. He wears red moccasins with a black crescent and dot design (possibly the moon and stars). A paralyzed katsina is being carried piggyback style by the mudhead.

Tuhavi has a brown head with brown and orange feathers on top. He has black downturned horns with two green stripes and red feathers around the horns. He has black and white popout eyes. There are three horizontal white lines between his eyes and on the back of his head. There is a green bird track on his forehead. He has a wide rectangle mouth showing teeth and attached is a black wooden beard with white lines. He has a brown torso and arms with white horizontal lines in sets of three. His white hands have painted black ties around the wrists. He wears a black wooden loincloth with a green and red border. He has brown legs with white horizontal lines in sets of three and red moccasins with a black crescent and dot design (possibly the moon and stars).