Hopi Polik-mana Katsina
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Butterfly Maiden Katsina is carved from cottonwood by Hopi artist Paul Huma.
Polik-mana (POE-lick MA-nah) or Butterfly Maiden is a kachina, or spirit being, in Hopi mythology. Every spring she dances from flower to flower, pollinating the fields and flowers and bringing life-giving rain to the desert. She is represented by a woman dancer at the yearly Butterfly Dance, a traditional initiation rite for Hopi girls. The rite takes place in late summer, before the harvest, to give thanks to Polik-mana for her spring dance.
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