314 N. River Street
East Dundee, IL 60118
Arts of Native America
Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
This was a difficult time for the
young Hopi boy. He says that
his white friends couldn’t cope
with him because he was In-
He moved back to Hopi at thir-
teen where he settled, and even-
tually met his wife.
Philbert began to carve in the
1980s, creating the traditional
style of Kachina doll. His work
began to appear in major galler-
ies, and he even did a one-man
show in Hawaii.
To Philbert Honanie, Kachina
doll carving is more than an art.
He will tell you that carving is
not only a Hopi art form, but
that it is a spiritual tradition.
“They say that one of these
days when you pass away,
you’re going to become a Ka-
china,” says Philbert.
Honanie was born at Hopi and
he is member of the Coyote
Clan at Hotvela. But growing
up wasn’t an easy thing to do.
He was placed into foster care
when he was just nine, and
spent several years living in
Philbert takes carving very seri-
ously, believing that each doll
embodies the spirit of the Ka-
Philbert talks to his dolls as he
carves them. He tells them that
he knows they will find a good
home, and asks each for the
opportunity to successfully care
for his family.
Philbert is a regular at River
Trading Post, and we’re de-
lighted to display an extensive
grouping of his dolls in each of
our galleries and on our web-
Philbert Honanie carves at River
Trading Post—Santa Fe
Broad Faced Kachina Doll