Hemis Katsina – New Corn Kachina doll
Carved wood (cottonwood), pigments
Height: 7 ¾ in. – 19.5 cm
Ex private collection, Massachusetts, USA
Ex collection Galerie Flak, Paris
Ex private collection, France
This doll represents the New Corn kachina or Hemis Katsina.
In the Hopi pantheon, this Kachina spirit is particularly important. It represents ripening corn. It is a prayer for moisture and rain which will help corn shoots grow in the season. It is one of the most beautiful kachinas. Its many symbols are associated with the desire for rain.
The Hemis Kachina is most often used for the Niman or Home-Going Ceremony when the kachinas leave the Mesas for six months. It is one of the most appropriate kachinas for this farewell, as it is the first kachina to bring mature corn to the people, indicating that the corn crop is assured.