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Kachina doll

Arizona, USA

Tasap Katsina
Navajo Spirit Kachina Doll

Carved wood (cottonwood) and natural pigments
Circa 1910
Height: 8 in. (20.5 cm)

Price: sold

America - Southwest
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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 teaching tool allowing them to familiarize themselves with the spiritual world and perpetuating knowledge of the founding myths on which their society was based.

in the Hopi pantheon, Tasap Katsina is meant to capture any latent power or good luck that the Navajo people have. If the Hopi succeed in coaxing this Navajo-kachina spirit, this will reflect on the entire village and strengthen the character of its inhabitants.