Hopi, Arizona, USA
Speckled Corn Kachina Doll
Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Height: 5½ in. (14 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.