Racoon Kachina doll
Carved cottonwood and natural pigments
Height: 6 ¼ in. (16.5 cm)
Ex private collection in California
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.