Naha, Rainy – Large Jar with Hemis Mana, Longhair Mana, Butterfly Maiden, and Heoto Mana
This jar continues Rainy Naha’s use of female Katsina figures on her pottery. The jar has four different female katsinas painted onto the clay. There is a Butterfly Maiden, Red Beard Longhair Mana, Hemis Mans, and Heoto Mana. Each of them is very intricately painted using bee-weed (black) and various colors of clay. Each of the katsinas has a different meaning but the connection with each of them is water. The Heoto Mana is in charge of the communal water, the Red Bearded Longhair Mana is to bring rain in the summer, the Hemis Mana appears at the Home Dance at the end of the katsina season, and the Pahlk Mana (Butterfly Maiden) is also known as the “Water Drinking Girl”. Rainy has painted her in the “old style” and note how the feathers on her headdress are the same style as Rainy’s signature! Note that the Hemis Mana and Longhair Mana are each are holding a gourd. They use a rasp against the gourd to create a musical sound during the katsina dances. They are each painted in an older style and yet there is incredible detail in the hair whorls. Separating them are elongated panels with a variety of Hopi-Tewa designs including cloud, snow, four directions, and eternity designs. All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips. Rainy is well known for her use of different colors of clay on her pottery. The body of the piece is a white clay that is stone polished before it is painted. The jar was traditionally fired so there are light blushes on the surface. 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.