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"Mudhead Night Ceremony" by Neil David

Original acrylic on canvas by Hopi artist Neil David depicting an early-morning Mudhead ceremonial scene. Signed by the artist and dated 2008. Includes a detailed depiction of the ceremony written on the back in pencil by the artist. Measures 16" by 20" without the frame.

Inscription on reverse reads: "Early 5:30 - 6:00 AM prior to the kiva night dance, come this group of Mudheads (Koyemsi). They explain (to the kiva leader w/ whiteshirt, blue trousers) that they was busy in the fields, getting ready for the night dance; then come the uncles [whipper Kachinas] whipping them about to hurry and come announce, throughout the kivas the coming of Kachinas, and to prepare clean kivas, get the warm fires going; for the girls, clean & dreass their hair; to make somevike kome (sweet corn meal dough, rolled; tootsie roll sides, breads (sweet)

They tell the kiva leader to make this announcement for them, the leader reports they'd best hear if they announced it themselves.

The painting depicts that very announcement. The smallest in the group is chosen to announce. The kiva leader and Koyemsi leader tell him what to say; announces in high pitch voice.

Neil David Sr.

'xcuse my spelling & etc. (I'm injun)"

i205 -- $1250

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