Nuvak, the Snow Katchina

By:

Mike Shaw

Challenge: 

Kite Craftsmanship

Kachinas are an important and complex aspect of Hopi culture. Sacred symbols are not part of this representation. The kite is made with honor, respect and admiration of the Hopi. The 8 foot kite architecturally is a Japanese Hito-dako, a person kite. The frame is protruded carbon tubes and solid rods. The Bridle is a fixed cascade to reduce spine flex in stronger wind.
Fabric work is the most significant design aspect. I dyed the brown, rust and green colors, starting with white ripstop. The buckskin is multiple dye shades on yellow. When the Hopi personify the kachina they use body washes made from their rocky soil. I wanted to honor those colors as well as the greens of the pine bough collar. The background represents the dull, dusty ground of the village plaza during ceremony and dance. The sash and jewelry components are appliqued over the piecework body.

Video Link: 

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Nuvak, the Snow Katchina
Nuvak, the Snow Katchina
Nuvak, the Snow Katchina
Nuvak, the Snow Katchina

Challenge Details:

Kite Craftsmanship

This challenge is for all of the beautiful kitemakers and builders out there that pour their heart and soul into building their kite. If you have competed in previous kitebuilding competitions, this is your challenge! All kites will be included into the same category, however individuals may be selected for special accolades based on beauty, first time build, etc....

Washington, USA

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