Siwolo - Buffalo Kachina – MRM 1980.017.019
This Buffalo katsina appears in the La'pilawe Dance, the Zuni version of a Plains Indian Dance. Although the Buffalo Katsina is a Major performer in this dance, the ritual itself seeks the increase of several species of fur-bearing animals, including the mountain lion, bear, and wolf. The La'pilawe Dance was introduced to the Zuni about the turn of the century in response to the region's diminishing wildlife.
Zuni Pueblo, NM, ca. 1875. Wood, cloth, hide, fur, shell, feathers, horsehair, tin cones. H: 42 cm.