Kachina Doll

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Kachina Doll

Arizona

Ma’alo Katsina – The stick Kachina doll
Hopi

Carved and painted wood (cottonwood root)
Circa 1930s-1940s
Height: 9 in. (23 cm)

Maalo Kachina doll 23 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 pedagogical tool allowing them to familiarize themselves with the spiritual world and perpetuating knowledge of the founding myths on which their society was based.

Ma’alo Katsina (Stick Kachina) dances were popular at the beginning of the 20th century, and became less frequent after the 1910s-1920s.
On Second and Third Mesas, Ma’alo performed during the Night Dances in March, and during dances held on the plazas from March through June.
On First Mesa, they performed with Niman Kachina. Ma’alo Kachina dance portrays a prayer for rain and good crop yield.

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