Very finely carved Deer Dancer (Sowi-ingwu) Kachina out of a single piece of cottonwood root by Hopi Artist, Michael Talahytewa. This one-piece carving depicts a dancer in motion with antlers and feathers around the headdress. It is quite a wonderful work of art.
Michael Talahytewa is an extremely gifted Kachina carver. He carves exclusively out of one piece of wood. Michael was born in Tuba City and grew up in Moencopi. AZ on the Hopi reservation where he still resides today. He grew up with his parents Stacy Sr. and Louise and his 3 brothers and 8 sisters. Colleen, Bobby, and Elsie Talahytewa are also very good carvers. Michael started carving when he was 15 years old. He was inspired by his father who he use to watch carve. One piece carving takes a lot of time, concentration, imagination, and patience to create the finest quality by hand. Michael is also very involved with the day to day life of the village and the dances. He also works, so he has little time to carve. We feel very fortunate when he comes into the shop with a Kachina and customers that buy his dolls feel fortunate too.