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A painted katsina figure adorned with horns and a feather headdress | Donald Ellis Gallery

Sio Shalako Katsina


ca. 1900

cottonwood, pigments, feathers

height: 12"

Inventory # S3976



Private collection, Scottsdale, Arizona

Related Examples

Kachina: Poupees Rituelles des Indiens Hopi et Zuni. Marseille: Musees de Marseilles, 1994, pg. 125, pl. 150

La Danse Kachina: Poupees Hopi et Zuni dans les Collections Surrealistes et Alentour. Paris: Les Musees de la Ville de Paris, 1998, pls. 79 and 97

More than three hundred distinct katsinam are known to the Hopi, and their pantheon is constantly evolving. While certain katsinam no longer perform in the villages, others have appeared in response to the changing environment. As early as the 19th century, the Hopi have reinterpreted a number of spirit beings from neighbouring peoples. Sio (Zuni) Salako derives its name from the Salako ceremony of the Zuni. Distinct from representations of Salako itself, the katsina remains unique to the Hopi. Sio Salako can be recognised by the two horns protruding from a case mask painted with horizontal stripes, as well as a long feather coat. Sights of this katsina are extremely rare. Thought to be a particularly powerful provider of rain, Sio Salako only appears inside the kiva in times of extreme drought.