Prickly Pear Kachina by Raynard Lalo, Hopi cottonwood, horse hair, feathers, pigment 13” h x 6.75” w x 4.5” d *This old style kachina is meant to be hung on a wall
The Prickly Pear Cactus Kachina represents the the fruit that is used by the Hopi as food and medicine. The fruit was usually eaten fresh and raw, and mashed fruit was boiled down into prickly pear syrup, juice or jelly. Used to treat a variety of physical ailments, it was split and applied to open wounds on both humans and animals, roasted and held on the side of the neck or below the chin to treat rheumatism and mumps, and applied warm to the body to reduce swelling.
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.