Angwusnasomtaka (Crow Mother) Katsina

Early 20th century

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Wood, paint, feathers, twine, and corn kernels
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Gift of Jane Stieren Lacy
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Angwusnasomtaka is a figure of great dignity. She appears during the Powamu (Bean Dance) ceremony in February to supervise the initiation of young boys into the Katsina rituals. At this time, children are told that the Katsinam are not actual spirits, but the men of their village, assuming a spiritual identity. The ceremony is performed inside the village's kiva, a semi-subterranean circular pit house with an entrance hole in the roof.


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