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.
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
Delwyn is related to the following artists: Nuvadi Dawahoya (brother-in-law)
and Gene Dawahoya (brother-in-law).
-New Mexico State Fair 2nd Place 1999
-New Mexico State Fair 1st Place 2000
-None to date