Lizard by Jaylen Takala
This katsina doll is carved by Jaylen Takala from Bacavi.
This is considered at putsqatihu (flat doll) even though he is painted on both sides.
He is 7 1/2 inches tall to the top of his head and 10 1/2 inches tall over all.
Mongoya is a Lizard katsina who appears singly with the mixed katsina group. Mongoya plays a part to help punish the clowns during the summer katsina day dances. Mongoya may also be seen during the Powamuya. According to Barton Wright, “should a young man meet a lizard (Crotophyrus) he would address it as his friend and ask for a favorable interview with his sweetheart, hoping that the lizard would help him.”