Hopi, Arizona, USA
Wood-carrying Kachina doll
Carved cottonwood, natural pigments and fibers
Height: 7 in. (18 cm)
Ex collection Marian Willard Johnson, New York
Kachina dolls (or katsinam) represent spirits or gods from the pantheon of the Pueblo peoples in the American Southwest. Given to children, kachina dolls constituted a pedagogical tool allowing them to familiarize themselves with the spiritual world and perpetuating knowledge of the founding myths on which their society was based.