Earl Denet was in an automobile accident earlier today in South Jordan and did not survive. A Hopi and resident of Riverton, was well-known for his kachina dolls, figures carved from the roots of the cottonwood tree and given as gifts to young Hopi girls so they too can learn of the many different kachinas known to the Hopi people. Kachinas in the Hopi society represent the spirits of all aspects of nature. Traditional “Old Style’ kachina dolls closely resemble those made around the turn of the century.
Denet, who was a featured artist with the Utah Arts Council and a recipient of a Utah Artist Grant, was represented by Utah Artist Hands in Salt Lake.