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Hopi Butterfly Maiden (Palik Mana)

 

 

The Butterfly Maiden (Palik Mana), is one of the most popular kachinas carved by Hopi artists.It is, in fact, not really a kachina at all, but a dance character (Butterfly Maiden) played by woman in the Mamzrau Initiation Dance.Except on the Hopiís Third Mesa, they do not dance with masks, and yet they appear masked as carved dolls.Included in the colorful carving are both butterfly and corn symbols.The exhibit shown below was created by native artist Emil Pooley.It registered as # 120 in the list compiled by ethnologist Harold S. Colton.