This extraordinary work of art is a Shalako Taka and Shalako Mana Katsina carved by Hopi
artist Elmer Saufkie. The Shalako first arrived at Zuni around 1840, and are considered to be God's messengers carrying messages all year long. They also bring mositure and rain for the crops. One of the most important events of the year for the Zuni Indians of New Mexico is the Shalako ceremony. It is during the Shalako's departure in the ceremony that final prayers are offered for the rain to fill the rivers, springs and wells before summertime.