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K515 Katsina Maiden & Family

Adrian Poleahla

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The Hopi Katsina Maiden wears her hair in butterfly whorls, a traditional style of an unmarried Hopi Maiden. She is seen at the Home Dance in July, the last dance of the Kachina season.

Adrian Poleahla carved this 15" Kachina from Cottonwood root in the traditional Hopi manner.

Hopi carver, Adrian Poleahla, from Old Oraibi, is of the Corn and Water Clan.  “Every Kachina I carve is what I’ve seen in real life, so therefore I try to make each one real.”


About the artist

Adrian Poleahla

Adrian Poleahla is a fine kachina carver, noted for his detailed and realistic figures, often "caught" in action. He has also been able to adapt his level of detail to some small paintings as well.

Adrian Poleahla was born in Keams Canyon, Arizona, and comes from the Corn and Water Clan.  He is an accomplished Kachina carver who has been carving Kachinas over thirty years, starting at the age of 5. He learned carving from his father, John Poleahla, and brothers Irwin, Wayne, Shona, and John Jr. Adrian carves his dolls in the traditional material of cottonwood with precision detail and three dimensional attention to every surface and angle.


“Every Kachina I do is what I’ve seen in life so therefore I try to make every one real. I have been carving since I was 5 years old.  I am very grateful for my talent and for those whose heart my Kachinas have



… Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

… Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Bristol, Rhode Island

… Intertribal Ceremonial, Gallup New Mexico


… The Hopi Approach to the art of Kachina Doll Carving, Eric Bromberg

…  Hopi Katsina 1600 Artist Biographies, Gregory Schaaf

About Bischoff's

Bischoff's Gallery opened in 1999. The gallery, located in historic Old town Scottsdale, Arizona carries work by Native American, western, and southwestern artists. Known for it's collection of Native American Jewelry, Bischoff's also offers a selection of Navajo rugs, kachinas, pottery, baskets and fine art from artisans of many tribes...

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