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Squash Kachina by ursulav Squash Kachina by ursulav
I didn't make this guy up.

I know, I know, I wish I had. But the Hopi--or possibly Zuni--beat me to it by a coupla hundred years. This is my meagre rendering of the Patung, or Squash Kachina, one of a group of dancers representing gods that perform at First, Second, and Third Mesa among the Hopi Indians.

We don't know crap about Squash. He might be originally Zuni. He's possibly important to the Pumpkin Clan, but apparently there aren't many of them left, and they don't know either or aren't talking. (Kachina research is riddled with this sort of thing. If you want rituals free of paradoxes and contradictions, you're in the wrong place.) More commonly he's portrayed as a runner, one of a group who challenge people to footraces and reward the winners with food, and beat the losers with yucca whips. (And a good time was had by all!)

All I know is that I think Squash is friggin' gorgeous. He's all green and stripey. So this is art...sorta. Art for the pure love of Squash. I am not sure if confining my fangirlishness to an obscure vegetable member of an indigenous religion is more or less dignified than the usual sort. Were I thirteen, I would paper the inside of my locker with pictures of Squash. He's just that cool-lookin', damnit. (I draw the line at saying he's dreamy. I have a purely platonic affection for Squash, I assure you.)

My rendition of Squash is nothing special--basic pin-up, just wanted to draw the guy. There are various flaws and it's not exactly daring in composition. But it did lead me to utter a phrase I never expected to utter, "Dude! My squash is ripped!" So that's something. It really is this saturated, it's not just computer artifact, although there's a lot more subtle color in the shadows of the original, alas. Credit! Credit is due entirely to the various kachina researchers, most notably Barton Wright, who's documentary on the subject I consulted for Squash's costume.

I guess the original, 10 x 14 mixed media, is for sale, although I may decide I have to keep it out of sheer fangirlish glee. Still, make me an offer. Or perhaps I'll just have to draw more Squash. More...squash... I could do prints, too, $10 plus shipping.

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rocheleheart10 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
wow  what  a  great  idea 
pardos66 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
very nice.
VelvetSilk-Alchemist Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
I love Squash too <3 My grandma had an authentic doll of him and I always thought he was adorable in that plant-human-anthro sort of way~ Mad props for your skills too!
Xeconali Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
Um ep hopitu?
Mirai-D-Kaciu Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
the atractivest cactus ive ever seen!xDDD
Micome Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Not only is he a cool character, but the picture itself is amazing. Nice job!
witch13888 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
a couple hundred? try like 3 or 400 maybe even more dawg...HAHa
this guy scred me all the time since i was a little girl!! when we went to go see them dance...XD yah im part hopi :3 nice pic :heart:
Songo555 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why does Squash make me think of Pyramid Head? D;
Lovely art.
But I wonder if Squash and Pyramid might be long lost brothers. o:
Scarecrow-Jack Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
Amazonne Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
What a weird character but, I like him...a lot! :)
Nuttyasafruitcake Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006
Awesome squash!
lovelyloon Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2006  Student
Dude, your Squash IS ripped! i just can't get enough of his Squashy goodness. It's such a shame he has no face. THEN he might be dreamy...maybe even drool-worthy...(there's a bad pun in there somewhere, i just know it...)

zabriske-point Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
I like this odd dude...
He is very elegant, I think he was dressed for some festival of the vegetable people... :D
Flyinfrogg Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2006  Professional General Artist
hehe very cool. :D
java86 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006   Filmographer
Bravo for doing something that is TOTALLY not cliche. This is out there. :slow:
RookinherRookery Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2006
Dude! Your squash is *ripped*!
sullensinuous Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2005
squash conjures up awful childhood memories of being forced to eat the unspeakable vegetable, so now i'll have nightmares about the squash man coming to get me...
supergirlanna Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005
eep!!! hunky squashes! *blush blush*
shoakhan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work,the colouring and positioning is fantastic.Well done!
LaceyCrombie Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2005   Digital Artist
ninja turtles, eat your hearts out. Holy hell that is the buffest squash i have ever seen.
tOkKa Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2005  Professional General Artist
-->> :tmnt4: ..most creative character i've seen all day .. d4mm !!
LittleItchyMousie Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005
thats pretty sexy. i wish i had one ^^
le-bel-agneau Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005
the squash is a very interesting idea.
I love how you look beyond the obvious...
great job
inshadowz Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2005
She also looks beyond the dubious, which I think is an even greater accomplishment :)
le-bel-agneau Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2005
i agree
Outside-the-box Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2005
another kachina!
YESSSS! :w00t!:
the frog kachina ios what turned me on to you. so keep it up!
kameleonkat Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd hit it. :eyes:
Foxwind Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2005
I give up. Squash is too sexy. :+fav: I swear to all that's holy if I have pervy dreams about veggies, I WILL hunt you down.
AlenyaRoverkin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2005
I... I've never seen vegetables rendered so sexily before. *dies laughing* This is suberb work, as always! I also enjoyed reading your informative description. I didn't realise the background history on Squash! Wonderful!
Bug-Id Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2005  Hobbyist
Yeah he is cool lookin'! But your right sayin' Dreamy is saying to much so i'll stick with cool lookin'!
Lilithx13 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005   Photographer
Awesome! I've never gonna look at squash the same way again.
Redmagesalyre Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005
That is amazing, I didn't know there was a squash kachina, being from the southwest and all. I like Native American stuff.
Yoshirider Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005
your painting does it more than justice. :D
amazinggrace Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005
/Squeeeeee He's too cute *dies* XD --AG
mateem Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005   Interface Designer
"More commonly he's portrayed as a runner, one of a group who challenge people to footraces and reward the winners with food, and beat the losers with yucca whips. (And a good time was had by all!)"

I knew you were a kinky one. XD

Best fanart I've seen all month.
orafaerygirl Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Well how kewl is this? Very interesting information you’ve shared here, by the time I was done reading it I had decided I would too put squash up in my locker and have dreams of running the great squash race. I really love the contrasting colors here :)
Maneki-Neko Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005
:rofl: Amusing!! I actually never heard of a Squash Kachina until you've mentioned it in your description.
Lun-Sei Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005
As usual the originality of your drawing competes with the quality of the amusing description. It's a deadly combo!!
FinalGamer Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005
You've drawn him very well for the fact he's a freaking fruit!

XD :rofl: :rofl: that is just brilliant
whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005
when I first saw this I thought is said "sasquash."

also, very pleasing skintones.
churra Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005
oh my god, locking her fridge so you don't get distressed when you see what is inside...
thephoenixweeps Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005
It's sad when you have to insist that you didn't make up a green squash-man.

But also awesome. "Fangirlish glee".... I devwatched you for your commentary just as much as for your art!
toonfed Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
woo pretty cool love this design, and the ilustration, well what can i say it´s just amazing!
Lucanis Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005
man thats so sweet! nice job! haha amazing stuff! and the background details always help to explain whats going on! :D
lotus-kid Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005
Wow. I didn't know Squash was such a good runner. Well, I guess he would be, challenging people to races all the time. Anyways, great work, I think I may :+fav: just for the hilarious Artist Comments as well. :D
twospotz Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely edible all the way. Yummeh in more then one sense. Another spiffy Ursula creation.
I have seen a lot of things, but I think this takes the cake - erm, pumpkin.


Really, because this does make me giggle.

~ Sleepwalking-Dreamer
theblackwillow Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
that is the koolest thing i've seen for ages! wow! awesome work! great concept!
tinmanthegreat Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005
*Is Formally Worried*
Kazroth Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005
Damn! Another masterpiece of yours :) Ever thought of printing and selling a artbook? (that is if you haven`t already done that).
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