Ka’e Katsina – Corn Dancer kachina doll
Carved wood (cottonwood root) & pigments
Height: 21 cm – 8 ¼ in.
Ex collection Michael D. Higgins, USA
The Kachina doll presented here is called Ka'e in the Hopi pantheon, representing the Corn Dancer. As a member of the Flora Kachinas (Kachina Tusak), Ka'e is one of the numerous Kachinas symbolizing corn. Ka'e is highly valued by the Hopi people for both its songs and choreography, as well as the role it played whenever it appeared. Manifesting during almost all Kachina dances, Ka'e invoked the elements to ensure bountiful corn harvests.
Plants hold fundamental importance for the Hopi, whose food resources are limited. Many Kachinas in the Hopi pantheon reference vegetation, particularly corn, which serves as the primary source of sustenance for the Native American populations in the Southwestern United States.