Kachina Doll

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Kachina Doll

Arizona

Tsitoto Katsina – Tobacco flower Kachina doll
Hopi

Circa 1910
Carved wood (cottonwood), pigments and feathers
Height: 8 ½ in. – 21.5 cm
10 ¼ in.(26 cm) with the feathers

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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 teaching tool allowing them to familiarize themselves with the spiritual world and perpetuating knowledge of the founding myths on which their society was based.

This Hopi kachina doll is a representation of Tsitoto or Tobacco Flower Katsina.
Tsitoto is one of the Chief kachinas belonging to the Tobacco Clan. This kachina appeared in important ceremonies such as the Water Serpent ceremony.
The Tsitoto Dancer often carried a whip which he used to strike individuals in the audience. It was believed that a blow by Tsitoto would cure all kinds of illnesses.

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