Tsitoto Kachina Doll
Tsitoto Katsina (Tobacco Flower Kachina Doll)
Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments and feathers
Height: 9 ½ in. (24 cm)
Ex collection Steve Nelson, California
Ex private collection, USA
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.