Sio Hemis Katsina

ca. 1910
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Wood, paint, feather and twine
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Gift of Jane Stieren Lacy
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Clouds, dragonflies, sunflowers, and a rainbow adorn this Katsina's headdress, or tableta, to indicate the spirit's importance as a rain bringer. The Sio Hemis appear in the town's plaza in July to close the Katsina Season with the Niman (home-going) performance. Standing in a double line with their Manas (female counterparts), the Katsinam slowly rotate in opposite directions and then back again, continuing this solemn dance until they leave the plaza to return to their home in the distant San Francisco Peaks, Arizona.


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