Qoi’a Katsina – Ancient Navajo Kachina doll
Carved wood (cottonwood), pigments, fiber
Height: 8 in. – 20.5 cm
Ex private collection, UK
Qoi’a (or Kau’a) kachina doll is the archaic version of the kachina representing the neighbors of the Hopis, the Navajos. The idea behind the kachinas’ dance where Navajos appear is that the power of these neighbor-warriors would be reflected back on the whole village, thus reinforcing the Hopi character. The Kau’a kachina dancer sang in the Navajo language.