"The Apache Kachina is
a comic figure or caricature that may appear during the Kiva
Dances both early and late, or with the Soyohim later in the
year. A group of them frequently will appear in the Buffalo Dances
during the Kachina season.
"Their actions are usually
those that one would expect of Apaches on the warpath. They are
often used in conjunction with the clowns."
- Barton Wright, Kachinas: a Hopi
Artist Documentary (145)
Henry Shelton, whos
Hopi name is Ho-yaoma, translated to Arrow Carrying, is
from the village of Oraibi on Third Mesa on the Hopi Reservation.
His father was Peter Shelton, Sr. and his brother is Peter Shelton,
Jr. both of whom were carvers of katsina dolls.
Henry attended the Santa Fe
Indian School from 1944 to 1949. His awards and exhibitions are
too numerous to mention here. He devoted much of his life to
creating katsina dolls, paintings, and sculptures.
He is in collections of the
Smithsonian, Museum of Northern Arizona, Kansas State Historical
Society, Denver Art Museum and Heard Museum and many private
collections. His work is eagerly sought.