Sheep (Ram) Maiden Kachina
by Brian Honyouti
About the kachina
Kachinas are given in hope of future wealth and wellbeing, and are often used teaching tool the next generation. These
figures bridge young and old, as well as teach non-natives about the spiritual world. Each year, Kachinas come to bring life and renewal,
when they return to the spiritual world they take the prayers of the native people with them.
The Sheep (Ram) Maiden kachina
represents game animals and is said to have the power to cure the ill and bring the rain. This kachina dances to increase its kind and to
bless the crops.
About Brian Honyouti
Born 1947 in the village of Hotevilla in Arizona, Brian Honyouti started carving kachinas in the 1960s. He
learned to carve from his father and brothers. Some say he was the first to use oil paints, wood preservers, and sealers as an
undercoat for his carvings which gave his pieces a mellow tone.