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K642 The Punisher

Herb Talaheftewa

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K642 The Punisher Kachina

The Punisher Kachina, “The One with the Leather Whip”, or Koras Wuvapitaka Kachina. This is a very rare and unusual kachina by Hopi carver Roy Talaheftewa. The kachina is 15” tall and carved from a single cottonwood root in the traditional Hopi manner.

Herb Talahaftewa was born in 1954 and is a member of the Corn Clan. He has been active carving since 1965 and is known for his detailed, one-piece carvings. His work is in the permanent collection of the Heard Museum.


About the Carver:

Herb Talahaftewa was born March 29, 1954 at Winslow, Arizona. He is a member of the Corn Clan. Herb has been active carving since 1965.

Herb is the great-grandson of Zola & Marshal Kewanvoyouma; great-grandson of Clark Ruben Talahaftewa; (P) grandson of Herbert Talahaftewa, (the elder, textile weaver, and silversmith) and Evangeline Talahaftewa (basket weaver) and son of Lena Talahaftewa. He was named after his grandfather, Herbert Talaheftewa, who was a famous traditional doctor, herbalist, weaver and silversmith.

Carving is a relaxing experience for Herb who specializes in detailed one piece carvings. “Honestly, it keeps me sane.” 

Because his kachinas are carved “the old way” (one piece), his work is a favorite of collectors.

He currently resides at Second Mesa on the Hopi Reservation. His work is in the permanent collection of the Heard Museum. He specializes in highly realistic one-piece carvings.


1972, Scottsdale Nationals, Scottsdale, AZ; Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial, Gallup, NM;


1971, Hopi Show, Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ; Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial, Gallup, NM;

1995, “Following the Sun and the Moon”, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

2006, Katsina Marketplace, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

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Bischoff's Gallery opened in 1999. The gallery, located in historic Old town Scottsdale, Arizona carries work by Native American, western, and southwestern artists. Known for it's collection of Native American Jewelry, Bischoff's also offers a selection of Navajo rugs, kachinas, pottery, baskets and fine art from artisans of many tribes...

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