Told from the Hopi perspective, Katsina in Hopi Life focuses on the values, lessons, and encouraging messages Katsinam share with the Hopi people. Using the remarkable Katsina dolls from the Autry's Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection and historic photography from the Braun Library, the exhibition adds video narratives and interviews to bring personal stories to the installation.
This story is told using the remarkable Katsina dolls from the Autry's Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection and historic photography from the Braun Library, along with contemporary photography and original video of the landscape, environment, seasons, and interviews.
One primary goal of the exhibition is to bring visitors to Hopi, so they can better understand the environment, seasons, and lifestyle of the stories. To achieve this we mixed contemporary photography of the land with the historic images, milled wood tiles and built stylized corn stalks to create environments of dried earth and dry farming, and created a faux home interior. Audio stations introduce personal interviews and handleable activities allow visitors to play the instruments and learn of the food prepared for ceremonies. The case design and spatial layout is inspired by the landscape of the region and the seasons of year.