Trail of Painted Ponies "Kachina Pony" 1E/0,514
Pony Story: Kachinas are stylized religious icons, meticulously carved from cottonwood roots and painted to represent figures from Hopi mythology. They often wear masks of animals, plants, stars, warriors and clowns. They are the focus of ceremonies and rituals in which they relay the wishes of the Hopi people to the gods ? for more rain, a plentiful harvest, good health. In an effort to create a Painted Pony with mystical powers of its own, this colorist from Idaho has adorned her Pony with the designs and symbols of traditional kachina masks, including, on the left side, the Sun Kachina mask, and on the right, the Messenger of the Gods mask. This Idaho artist has established a national reputation for her brilliant interpretations of wildlife and Native American imagery.
Item #: 12279
Release Date: Summer 2008
Artist: Maria Ryan
Size: 7" Tall
Retired: July 2011
Last Number at Retirement: 3E/0120