The crow mother is said to be the mother of all Katsina’s. She is a very special Katsina and only appears during the Powamuya (Bean Dance Ceremony) in February. She carries a wicker basket full of corn seeds when she appears during the ceremony. The corn seed colors represent the four sacred directions which are white, blue, red, and yellow. Women are the caretakers of the seeds in Hopi tradition. The seeds are meant as a gift for the Hopi men who will take a handful to plant in the Fields during planting season in the Months of April-June. The seeds are special and are a blessing for the entire field. The Hopi practice “Dry Farming “ which means the Hopi do not irrigate the crops , but only rely on yearly rain fall and ground moisture to nourish the crops. The Katsina help the Hopi to take care of the crops and above all to bring rain for the crops. She also appears during initiation ceremonies that are only held every Four years. This is a time when she will appear with two “Hu Katsinas” who will serve as disciplinarians. The initiation ceremony is held to initiate the children into the “Katsina Society” when they reach a certain age.
Materials: Carving knives, Sandpaper, Acrylic water color paint, Temperaturized Wood burner, Linseed Oil, and Cottonwood Root.
Dimensions: Height- 11 5/8” x Feather Width- 5 3/8” x Base Diameter- 4 2/8” x Base 6/8"