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Maker(s):Ami, Frank
Culture:Native American; Hopi (b. unknown-d. unknown)
Title:Warrior Mouse (Tusun Humitsi) Figure
Date Made:1960s-1970s
Materials:cottonwood root, yarn, feathers, string, leather, paint
Place Made:United States; Arizona; Second Mesa (possibly); Hopi Reservation
Measurements:17 in.; 43.18 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1981.25.16
Credit Line:Gift of Katherine Gabel, class of 1959
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

The Warrior Mouse is seen with a red and white "rayed" feather headpiece atop his decoratively painted orange head. His eyes are carved, as is his mouth, which is adorned with small whiskers, a nose, and teeth. Around his neck is a green yarn "yoke," meant to symbolize Juniper or Douglas Fir branches. He wears a white "cape," as well as numerous arm accoutrements, a patterned white apron, and a red belt. His legs, which feature the same black and white dots found on his arms and stomach, also feature green yarn ties and brown and white fringed boots. Standing in an "active" position, the Mouse Warrior holds a bow and a small sprig of fiber. Although not a kachina in the technical sense, he is placed on a wooden platform--common of kachinas and kachina like figures sold for tourists. AP2018

men; religion; ceremonies; animals; kachina dolls

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