Old style Kokopeli Kachina by Hopi carver Leander Tenakhongva. This 9” cradleboard Kachina is carved from Cottonwood root in the traditional Hopi manner.
The Kokopeli Kachina is found in all pueblos of the southwest. He is a flute player, baby maker, seducer and a good luck Kachina.
Simple flat Kachinas are cradleboard Kachina dolls. Children are given these dolls from birth and throughout their childhood to teach them what the different Kachinas represent.
Leander’s dolls have a style of their own. His kachinas have become a favorite of collectors.
About the Carver:
Hopi kachina carver Leander Tenakhongva was born August 25, 1977 at Keams Canyon, Arizona. He is a member of the Sun Clan. He learned the art of kachina carving from Brendon and Sam Kayquoptewa, but Leander’s dolls have a style of their own. His kachinas have become a favorite of collectors. His work is signed by his Hopi name, "Qoyungnuptu.”
2004-present, Annual Katsina Doll Marketplace, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ