Shalako Mana (Cloud Maiden)
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Shalako Mana towers seven or eight feet and usually appears with her mate. The Shalako are believed to be God's messengers, running back and forth, carrying messages as well as bringing moisture and rain when needed. The Shalako ceremony is performed in late November or December when the crops are in. The kachinas ask for rain, the propagation of plant and animals, and the health and well-being of its participants.
This work is part of my Katsina (or Kachina) Series. A Katsina is a supernatural spirit in the religion of the Pueblo native people of the Southwest, primarily the Hopi and Zuni living along the Rio Grande and Colorado Rivers. For the Hopi, the word katsina refers to three distinct but related entities: the invisible spirits who are an essential part of Hopi life, the personification of those spirits in ceremonial dances, and the carved and decorated dolls given to infants and women. Katsinas are generally thought to deliver clouds, rain, goodwill, and prosperity. My Katsina series pays tribute to the many female katsina spirits, the immortal beings that bring balance to the world. More works can be seen on my other website: www.southwestabstractions.net. If you see something you like – even if it’s sold or if you would prefer it in another size – please contact me: Bonnie.Binkert@gmail.com
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Size or Dimensions
Image size, 7.5 x 9.5 inches; 11 x 14 inches, matted.
Acrylic, collage on paper.
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