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Lots 38 and 39 are quite representative of the work of Wilson Tawaquaptewa (1873-1960). He was unique in the history of Hopi katsina carving in that he deliberately distorted or made up all of his dolls. He chose to modify his carvings because of his role as Kikmongwi (village chief and religious leader) in the village of Orayvi. He believed that accurate representations of katsinam should not be sold.
These two examples are good cases in point. Lot 38, the doll with horns and diamonds on the face has elements from both the Broadface and Left-Handed katsinam, however, this doll does not represent an actual katsina. Nor does lot 39, which has corn motif tableta-like ears and a tube mouth. These features do not appear in this configuration on any Hopi katsina.
Tawaquaptewa was also renowned as the leader of the "Friendly" or "Progressive" faction that participated in the notorious 1906 split in Orayvi. This schism led to the creation of two new Hopi villages, Hotvela and Paaqavi.