Naha, Rainy – Jar with Longhair and Longhair Mana Katsinas
Rainy Naha is well known for her creative and intricately designed pottery. This jar is a new design for her with both the male and female Longhair katsinas. They are stylized with a more traditional appearance. The Longhair is surrounded by rainclouds, dragonflies, and evergreens. The Longhair Mana has white and blue corn along with dragonflies, and clouds. Note the feathers on both figures, which are painted much in the style of Rainy’s “feather” signature.
“The Longhair Mana is the singer of sweet songs who brings rain and flowers. Her purpose is to bring rain, and it is said that she seldom dances without the appearance of soft gentle rain. The Longhair has a long beard and loose tassels of feathers symbolize rain and clouds. They appear as dancers in a group at Niman and at plaza dances with Longhair manas. Their purpose is to bring rain, and it is said that they seldom dance without the appearance of a soft gentle rain.”
Separating the two sections are larger panels of Hopi-Tewa designs. Each of the squares has a different design from classic Hopi-Tewa pottery. The jar is painted with various clay slips along with bee-weed, which is black. It was traditionally fired and it is signed on the bottom with a feather and “Rainy”. Rainy has won numerous awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Market and her work continues to be a creative inspiration in Hopi-Tewa pottery.