The Gallery at Rancho Ellenita
Nuvadi Dawahoya
Son of Beauford and Dinah Dawahoya. Nuvadi (Snow) describes his carving:

“I began carving Hopi kachina dolls in the beginning of 1995. My sons, Dion and Austin, are the inspiration for my artistic expression.

“My kachinas are carved from cottonwood roots that I hand carve with a variety of knives. First, it is sanded smoothly and textured with a woodburner. Next, the unpainted piece is then sprayed with polyurethane to seal the grains. After this, it is painted and shaded with acrylic paints.

“Although some of my work is traditional, I have cultivated my own style of carving. I am well known for my Butterfly Maiden, Warrior Mouse, Red-Tailed Hawk, and Kokopelli Couple. I am delighted to share my kachina carvings with all who respect and appreciate my artistry and cultural heritage.”

His attention to proportion, detail, and realism make each figure appear to be caught in a moment of life-like action. All of his works are carved from a single piece of wood.

He consistently wins ribbons at major shows, setting the standard for new and innovative styles in kachina carving. In 2005, he was the subject of a feature article in the Santa Fe Indian Market Magazine.


Mongwa Kachina (Owl)
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