Neil David Sr.

Deer Dancer

12 1/2" total height

The Deer Dancer takes part in the popular plaza kachina dances. According to Kachinas by Barton Wright "he has power over the rain, and of course, when he dances, he is a prayer for increase of deer.

"Usually when a group of these dancers appear they are accompanied by a Wolf or Mountain Lion Kachina as a side dancer. Presumably the first Deer Kachinas were brought from Awatovi, which may be correct as they retain a strong Rio Grande appearance.

"The position that this kachina usually assumes when he dances is that of bending forward at the waist and resting the front part of the body upon the short stick that is carried in his hands."

- Barton Wright, Kachinas: a Hopi Artists Documentary (166)

Born in 1944 on First Mesa in the village of Hano, Arizona, Neil David Sr. - a Hopi/Tewa - was carving kachina dolls before he was ten years old.

During his high school years his paintings and sketches were sold through Byron Hunter who managed McGee's store in Polacca, Arizona.

Neil's paintings and kachina carvings can be found in private collections and museums throughout the world. The set of 79 original paintings by Neil, published in his book: Kachinas: Spirit Beings of the Hopi, have been acquired by the Kashiwagi Museum in Tateshina, Nagano, Japan.

Neil entered the army and served in Germany during the Vietnam War. He resides in Polacca, Arizona on the Hopi Indian Reservation and continues to paint and carve. He sells his paintings and kachina dolls through art galleries and direct comissions from collectors.

Neil's artistic talents and creativity have brought him international recognition. His humor is conveyed through the expressions and antics of his Clown figures. His dedication and commitment to his heritage is seen in his paintings and carvings.

Neil's co-mingling of art and dedication to his culture gives a rare opportunity to view elements of Hopi life without intruding on the society. His insight, perception, and ability to capture on canvas, the personalities and actions of performers and spectators during the Hopi festivities have brought him wide acclaim and support for calling him "the Hopis' Norman Rockwell."

Neil's work is featured in over a dozen books and periodicals including Art of the Hopi by Jerry Jacka, Treasures of the Hopi by Theda Bassman, and Art of Kachina Doll Carving by E. Bromberg.

Gallery Price: $1,200.00

Sale: $960.00
(plus sh/han)

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