Manuel Denet Chavarria
Manuel is a traditional Hopi Katsina doll carver from near Polacca near 1st Mesa. He was taught and influenced by his grandparents and by carvers Walter Howato and Manfred Susunkewa. His style today favors large “distressed” old style dolls, carved often from large, curving imperfect pieces of cottonwood root. His dolls often carry mini-dolls that represent gifts for the children. (Biographical info from The Great Tradition of Hopi Katsina Carvers by Barry Walsh).