Hé-é-e (Warrior Woman) Kachina depicted as a Grandmother, 1992 by Carl M., Hopi
Hé-é-e (Warrior Woman) Kachina depicted as a Grandmother
Signed Carl M., Hopi Pueblo
Cottonwood, pin shell heishi necklace, pigment
10” tall x 4.5” long x 4” wide
Note: This is a rare depiction of Hé-é-e as a grandmother, rather than a young woman. In this carving, Grandmother Hé-é-e has just ascended from the Kiva to dance. She is carrying a walking stick, rather than a bow and arrow, signifying her age.
"Many years ago, tradition says that some Hopis were living outside of the main village, and the mother of this household was putting up her daughter’s hair. The mother had finished only one side of the hair whorls, the hair on the other side still hanging loosely, when they saw enemies sneaking toward the village. The daughter snatched up a bow, quiver and arrows from the wall and raced toward the village to warn the people. She then led the defense until the men in the fields could return and rout the enemy." “She has been personated ever since as a kachina and always appears with her hair partially up on one side and hanging down on the other. On the back of her head she wears an artificial scalp lock, and she carries the weapons she snatched up so long ago. She still guards the village. During Pachavu times she gives the signal that drives everyone indoors when certain ceremonies must be performed out in the open. And it is she who leads the horde of hooting, jangling, threatening kachinas along the line of procession into the village in the final moments of the ceremony of Pachavu.” Wright 1973