Hopi Indians, Arizona, U.S.A.
Large Poli Sio Hemis Katsina (Butterfly Kachina doll)
Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments
Height: 15 ½ in. (39.5 cm)
Ex collection Allan Kessler
Published: The American Dream, 2015
Kachina dolls (or katsinam) represent spirits or gods from the pantheon of the Pueblo Indians 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.