Ma’alo Katsina – The Stick Kachina doll
Carved wood (cottonwood root), pigments and feathers
Height: 9 ½ in. – 23.5 cm
13 ½ in. (34 cm) including the feathers
Ex private collection, USA
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.