Kachina doll

North America | Arizona

Kachina doll

Arizona

Hahai-i-Wuhti Katsina – Mother of Kachinas
Hopi

Circa 1900-1910
Carved wood (cottonwood), fibers and pigments
Height: 17 cm – 6 ½ in.

Provenance
Ex collection Galerie Flak, Paris
Ex private collection, France

Hahai-i-Wuhti Kachina doll 17 cm / Galerie Flak Price on request
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.

The kachina here is called Hahai-i Wuhti. She is said to be the Mother of the Katsinam. She is sometimes also referred to as "she who brings (or pours) water." During her appearances and dances, Hahai-i Wuhti constantly speaks to explain to the people how to behave and what they may have done wrong. She is also the Mother of Nataska (the Ogres) and the Mother of Dogs. Other kachinas are also called mothers, as are all women of the same generation within a particular clan. Hahai-i Wuhti appears in various ceremonies, accompanying other Chief Kachinas. This includes the Shalako dance and the Water Serpent dance.

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