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kweo (wolf katsina)
  • Hopi peoples
  • kweo (wolf katsina), late 1800s–1999
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • wood, animal hide, buckskin, paint, horse hair, feathers, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 27 x 13 x 18 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 5/8 x 5 1/8 x 7 1/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5787
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Standing figure with human body and wolf's head.

Head covered in light brown fur. Black pointed ears with red inside. Single dark feather attached to top of head. Round black eyes outlined in red. Snout covered in fur. Black nose, white pointed teeth and red tongue sticking out of mouth. Grey torso with a large black circle outlined in white on front and back. Buckskin bands on biceps and crossed over torso and back with fringe at low points. Forearms are black with white polka dots. Proper left wrist is painted yellow with blue lines outlined in black. Proper right wrist has tiny blue dots painted around it. Hands are white with black zigzags, identified as Hopi lightning symbols. They hold a light blue staff that has two grey feathers tied at the top with white string. Light blue leather belt with white wooden loin cloth on front and back and red hair on sides. Loin cloth has red, black, blue and white geometric designs. Wooden animal tail attached to back. Grey legs with painted leggings that are black with white polka dots. Red moccasin boots with white soles. Figure is squatting and leaning on staff.