Kachina Doll

North America | Arizona

Kachina Doll

Arizona

Hopi
Hahai Wuhti Katsina – Mother of kachinas

Carved wood (cottonwood root) and natural pigments
Circa 1920s
Height: 7 ½ in. (19.5 cm)

Ex private collection, USA

Illustrate in: Hopi Katsina: 1,600 Artist Biographies , Gregory & Angie Schaaf, 2008, p.20

This is a wonderful, early kachina doll, redolent with poetry and sensibility.
The name of this Kachina spirit is Hahai Wuhti katsina. She is said to be the Mother of Kachinas. She is also known as "the one who brings water". She appears in several Kachina dance ceremonies including Salako, Powamu, Pachavu, Palolokong, and Soyoko.

“Kachina”: one word says it all! For the Hopi people of Arizona in the American southwest, “Kachina” (plural “Katsinam”) means wooden statuette, masked dancer or deity.
Over 450 different Kachina gods and spirits are known to exist in the Hopi pantheon. Each one of those beings has its own costume, symbols and colors. Every week at the heart of Hopi villages perched on top of the mesas, Kachina dancers don their regalia and masks and pray for rain and crop fertility as they have done for hundreds of years. After these ceremonies, children receive dolls in the exact likeness of the Kachina they saw dancing.

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