Hahai Wuhti Mana Katsina
(Female Kachina doll – Mother of Kachinas)
Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Height: 4 ½ in. (11.5 cm)
Ex private estate, Nambe, New Mexico
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.