Kachinas Archives

Kachina doll

Hopi, Arizona, U.S.A.

Angwusnasomtaka Katsina
Crow Mother Kachina doll

Carved by Hopi Chief
Wilson Tawaquaptewa, Oraibi (1873-1960)

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments, feathers
Circa 1930s
Height: 12 ¾ in. (32.5 cm)

Ex private collection, France

Illustrated in: Mémoires d’une poupée Kachina, Editions Makassar – L’Enfance de l’Art, 2018

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