This Deer Dancer (Sowi-ingwa) Kachina was hand carved by Hopi Artist, David Jensen. The Deer Dancer helps to ensure that game is plentiful and that sufficient snow comes in the winter to allow a good harvest the following year. The Deer Dancer holds sticks in each hand to imitate the front legs of a deer.
Hopi carver, David Jensen was born in Tuba City in March 1972. He is of the Paaqapwungwa clan (Reed/Bamboo). Raised in Tuba City, he graduated from Tuba City High School in 1990. He joined the US NAVY immediately after graduation and served aboard the USS KITTYHAWK during Desert Storm, Operation Restore Hope and the Somalia Crisis. He was honorably discharged in 1994.
David was inspired by his close friend Reggie Curry to begin carving in 1995. “I thought I’d give it a try. He got me motivated by telling me “you never know, you might get good at it”. I sold my first piece which was a Shalako to my uncle Cecil Calnimptewa at his gallery for $125.00.”