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Trading Post Times

Volume 15, Issue 1

January:March 2018

R i v e r T r a d i n g P o s t

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

What Exactly is a

Kachina Doll?

2

How Much Is It Worth?

3

River Trading Post

Scottsdale: Season

Lineup

4

SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST:

Western Spirit ArtWalk

Featuring Jill Shwaiko and Tanner

Jensen

River Trading Post—Scottsdale

February 8

15th Annual Arts of Native

America Show and Sale.

River Trading Post—Scottsdale

March 1—4.

Heard Museum Guild

Indian Fair and Market.

Phoenix, AZ.

March 3 & 4

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COTTSDALE

Walter Howato (1921—2003) was of the Reed Clan at First

Mesa, Hopi. He specialized in both carving and painting. A

graduate of the Santa Fe Indian School, Walter went to work for

the Walt Disney Studios where he and renowned Navajo artist,

R.C. Gorman, worked together to help create the magic of

Disneyland.

Howato said, “We did a lot of things. Sometimes I played an

Indian at Disneyland, and sometimes I painted and did some

interior decoration with my friend, R.C. Gorman. R.C. and I

painted everything up there.”

In the early 1960s, Walter launched a series of experiments to see

if he could make his carvings look really old. As a result, there

was a renaissance of traditional or “Old Style” Kachina dolls.

Manfred Sunkewa from Second Mesa, Jimmy Koots from Third Mesa

and Jimmy Kewanwytewa of Moenkopi joined Howato in influencing

over 100 carvers to join in the renaissance.

Walter Howato liked his kachina dolls to be large.

Some of his work reaches three feet tall, but more

typically it is in the 20 inch range.

Today, Walter’s dolls are highly valued. Many are

preserved at the Heard Museum in Phoenix and in

collections around the world. Walter Howato

earned international recognition as a master carver

and a fine artist.

An extensive and exceptional collection of

Howato’s kachina dolls is on display at River Trading Post in Scottsdale

and on our River Trading Post Website. This rare collection represents

some of Howato’s very best work, and is a must-see for Scottsdale visitors.

Kuwan Heheya

Ma'sau

Walter Howato