The Bear figure is of such great strength that it is felt he can cure the sick. Dawahoya has returned to more of a traditional textured style in this carving of a black bear. The expressive face and real feathers add both personality and dimension to this whimsical work from a master kachina carver.
- Black Bear figure by Nuvadi Dawahoya (Hopi)
- Cottonwood Root
- Figure measures 2” tall x 1 ¼" wide
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Nuvadi "Snow" Dawahoya was born into the Hopi reservation in 1976. He began carving kachina dolls in 1995 from cottonwood roots, using a variety of sharp knives. The wood is sanded smooth, and textured with a wood burner and paints.
Nuvadi’s sons, Dion and Austin, are his inspiration to further his artistic ability through the strong beliefs in his traditional culture. He has high hopes that someday they will continue to carry on the family tradition of carving kachina dolls from cottonwood root, as did their ancestors before him. "I was inspired and learned to craft my dolls from watching other family members."
For centuries Native American artists have been creating sculptures and kachinas, or katsinas, for sacred and ceremonial use. For the Pueblo people, these were often figurines created from stone, wood, or clay. Sculpture using material like alabaster, limestone, and marble is a relatively new art form for Native artists; it was thought to first be practiced in the second half of the 20th century.
A growing number of artists are also creating beautiful works in glass. In creating their groundbreaking contemporary work, these artists still honor and celebrate their culture by drawing from traditional themes, forms, and designs. Many of the most-noted Native American sculptors and glass artists working today have studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.target="_blank">Read our Native American Sculpture and Painting Collector's Guide.
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