Muzribi (Bean) Kachina by Raynard Lalo, Hopi cottonwood, cornhusk, feathers, pigment 13” h x 4.75” w x 4” d *This old style kachina is meant to be hung on a wall
The Muzribi (Bean) Kachina helps the beans to grow. He appears in the Powamu ceremony, and is accompanied by a female (Mana) Katsina who rasps for him while he dances. The Powamu is one of the most important of the Hopi ceremonies, and occurs in February of each year. The most important aspect of the Powamu ceremony is the anticipation of the coming growing season, with ritual designed to promote fertility and germination. To accomplish this, the Powamu chief appears as Muyingwa, the principal deity of germination, and every male who has been initiated into the Kachina cult is expected to grow beans in the kivas. The growing of these bean sprouts gives the ceremony its popular name and offers omens for the success of the coming growing season. The ceremonial procession of the Pachavu Manas carrying these bean sprouts and the presentation of ritual bundles of them to the women and children during the height of the winter are tangible evidence of the presence of Muyingwa.
Raynard Lalo was born in 1984 in Hotevilla (Third Mesa), and has been an active carver since 1998. Raynard is the son of Dorleen Gashweseoma and Valjean Lalo, and brother of Gene Lalo. Raynard was inspired by the traditional carvings and began making them at age fifteen. He uses only natural earth pigments, crushed to a fine powder, in making his paints.