Native American Hopi Carved Ahola Chief Katsina Doll by Milton Howard
The Ahola is a Hopi Chief Katsina of very high order. He is considered an elder and a very wise chief. The Ahola appears at the Bean Dance (Powamuya) ceremony to open the beginning of the Katsina season. The Ahola brings prayers for a long and healthful life. The Ahola and Ahola Mana go from house to house, making their appearance. On the outside walls of each home, the Aholadraws four horizontal marks with corn meal. The women inside the house come out and sprinkle the Ahola with cornmeal and at the same time take some corn seeds from the Ahola Mana’s basket. The two leave and go to the kiva entrance and face each other. He holds his staff out for support and strength and bends his right knee and continues kneeling in rhythmic motion. He calls out to the kiva chief and the two discuss the arrival of the Kachinas for the year.
This Hopi Katsina stands 8.25-9″ tall. A Certificate of Authenticity is included.