Hi my name is Lionel Honwytewa and I am a Native American artist from the Hopi and Yavapai-Apache tribes of Arizona.
My style of artwork is making Hopi Katsina dolls and mix media drawings of the Katsina. I also do the contemporary style of Katsina carving or one piece carving of an entire piece of cottonwood root.
This particular Katsina is a Payatum Katsina or harvester katsina. He represents the growing and harvesting of the varieties of corn, watermelons, squash and other crops grown on the Hopi reservation.
As with other Katsinam, he is asked through prayer to come back in cloud formation to replenish the fields for a good growing season. Kwa kwaii!! (Thank you!!)