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 kachina dancers appeared at the Niman (Homecoming) Dance, which marked the opening of the kachina season. Ma'alo kachina dances have become less frequent after the 1910s-1920s. They got, replaced by other dances and ceremonies announcing the return of the Kachina spirits.

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