This one-case display rotates frequently to spotlight special objects from the collection. Now on view: Deer Dancer Katsina made by Aaron Fred.
Now On View
This Hopi katsina, or spirit carving, represents a masked deer dancer. Performed in Pueblo communities in January and February, winter deer dances celebrate and thank the deer, elk, and antelope who gave themselves to the people in the preceding year. Deer headdresses include the antlers of those animals; garments and adornments are made anew by hand each year. Singers, dancers, and observers come together in prayerful offerings that strengthen the community, sharing and seeking blessings for all.
The Spotlight Gallery is adjacent to the 25,000-pound solid red granite Sphinx of the Pharaoh Ramses II, located in the Museum’s Main Entrance.