Uncle Kachina doll, messenger of the Rain Gods
Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments, wool, fibers
Circa 1930s or earlier
Height: 26 cm
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.