2016-04 Shard-shaped tile with Saiastasana kachina

Object ID:
2016-04

Artist:
Darlene James Nampeyo

Dimensions:
0.282 “ thick X from 3.442” to 3.48” w

This 5-sided, irregular-shaped tile depicts Saiastasana, The Zuni Rain Priest of the North, Colton kachina #154. Saiastasana appears in the Bean Dance at First Mesa, Darlene’s home (Colton, 1959:56,136; Colton, 1977: 84-85). At Hopi he usually appears in a group with other kachinas (Wright, 1973:131). As his name implies, Saiastasana was borrowed from the Zuni because he is seen a effective at encouraging rain.

Purchase History:
Purchased from Darlene at the Hopi Cultural Center, Second Mesa on 5/11/16 (no receipt).