Trail of Painted Ponies "Indian Summer" 1E/4,004
Pony Story: An agricultural people, the Hopi have sustained themselves for millennia in the Northern Arizona desert without the benefit of rivers or streams. The Hopi way is to work hard, pray, sing, take part in ceremonies and create images they believe will summon help from spirit beings. This Hopi artist has incorporated a variety of traditional Hopi symbols into his design, all of which revolve around rain and moisture, and a successful harvest. Butterfly maidens are believed to help pollinate crops. Nothing could grow without the sun. Dragonflies are signs of a natural spring. Buddy Tubinaghtewa is a nationally renowned kachina carver and painter who grew up on Hopi Mesa. His original Grandfather's Journey was crafted into a figurine.
Item #: 12266
Release Date: Winter 2008
Artist: Buddy Tubinaghtewa
Size: 7" Tall
Retired: February 2011
Last Number at Retirement: 3E/0156