Hahay'i'wùuti Corn Tihu, Grandmother spirit carving
Hand carved wood, yarn, feathers, and paint
11 inches tall, 3 inches wide and depth. Not including stand measurements.
Gerald Dawavendewa (Hopi & Cherokee)
Hahay’i’iwùuti appears in many ceremonies and performs many roles from blessing of Hopi children to caring for the towering Shalako katsinam that rise high above her. She has the personality of a energetic grandmother, who is very talkative and is always reminding those around her to live a proper life. She often carries a perfect white ear of corn and a gourd of sacred water which she uses in blessings. She represents the best qualities a Hopi aspires to; a long life of knowledge, wisdom, and family.
Normally carved from cottonwood, this carving was made from wood found in a wash after the monsoon in Tucson, Arizona. It is slightly heavier than cottonwood and more difficult to carve. This carving is in the "traditional" style where the heads are often larger than the body and emphasis is on symbolism rather than being "realistic". Her body depicts Hopi blue corn, a staple in Hopi dishes and ceremonies. The carving includes a stand showing rich dark soil with colorful seeds. The wood has natural cracks and knots that Gerald feels are important to the overall carving.
We include a description of the carving and her role in Hopi ceremonies, a biography of the artists and information on the Hopi culture.