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Katsina in Hopi Life

GENERAL INFO / BACKGROUND

Location/Dates:

The Autry in Griffith Park: Norman F. Sprague, Jr. Gallery
June 29, 2012–December 1, 2013

George Wharton James and C. C. Pierce, Hopi Reservation, Arizona, copyright 1901. Gelatin silver print. The George Wharton James Collection, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; A.41.15

George Wharton James and C. C. Pierce, A Hopi Woman and a Girl, Hopi Reservation, Arizona, copyright 1901. Gelatin silver print. The George Wharton James Collection, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center; A.41.15

Katsina in Hopi Life, featuring remarkable Katsina dolls from the Autry’s Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, provides a glimpse into Hopi life and culture. Katsinam (the plural form of Katsina) are spiritual beings who represent all aspects of life and travel to be with the Hopi people six months of the year. Told from the Hopi perspective, this exhibition shares the unique relationship the Hopi people have with the Katsinam, focusing on the values, lessons, and encouraging messages learned from them.

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Ruby Chimerica (Hopi) is from the Third Mesa village of Bacavi, located on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. She specializes in hands-on demonstrations of Hopi basket weaving and the preparation of traditional Hopi foods. The piiki bread-making tradition is strongly connected to family. The stone on which the bread is baked is passed down from generation to generation. Piiki is used at community celebrations, and at festivals and dances. Its dark grayish-blue color and unique flavor is due to the use of blue corn and culinary ash.


THIS EXHIBITION IS SPONSORED BY:

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Ethnic Arts Council of Los Angeles

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American Indian Culture Family Day

Sun, Dec 1, 2013 - 1:00 PM


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