Hopi katsina figures, also known as kachina dolls, are figures carved typically from cottonwood root. Lilia and her late husband acquired these from his stepfather’s relative, Tony E., who had a shop where he sold them.
Tony was a sheriff and witnessed a Hopi Indian carving a kachina doll and this Hopi Native then taught Tony how to carve them as well. Tony learned so well that he won ribbons and awards for his carvings and was invited by the Hopi tribe to attend ceremonies.
Most kachina dolls cost between $300 to $1,200 each. The better quality, contemporary kachinas can range from $5,000 to $10,000. There is even one on record for selling for a grand total of $50,000!