Published on August 17, 2014 by Carol
Delwyn Harvey, “Wea” (One of a kind), was born into the Hopi-Tewa Reservation in 1965. He is a member of the Kachina Crow Clan. Delwyn has been carving Hopi kachinas since 1978. He is a self taught artist. The lucrative aspect of the business is what has inspired Delwyn to continue his family tradition of carving dolls on wood.
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Delwyn hand carves cottonwood root into magnificent full bodied kachina dolls with a simple tool like a pocket knife. His carvings are carved with extreme precision and detail. He applies acrylic paints to his dolls and paints them very carefully because it is essential for the Hopi People to represent the kachina as accuratly as possible. Many of his dolls are carved from one continuous piece of cottonwood. Some of his dolls are sought by collector’s all over the world. Delwyn signs his dolls as: D. Harvey.
There are over 300 known kachinas from the Hopi Reservation alone. Kachinas are believed to be the spiritual guardians of the Indian way of life. The good that comes from a careful study of kachina carvings is the express intent of being in harmony with nature and the fine art of offering spiritual graditude.
Delwyn is related to the following artists: Nuvadi Dawahoya (brother-in-law) and Gene Dawahoya (brother-in-law).