Wupamo Katsina – Chief of the Guards Kachina doll
Carved wood (cottonwood), pigments
Height: 10 ¼ in. – 26 cm
Ex collection Charles M. Nutt Sr, USA
This doll represents Wupamo, a Kachina Deity. This is one of the Chief Kachinas (Mongkatsina). Wupamo leads the Guard Kachinas whose role is to control the clown kachinas and prevent them from disrupting the ceremonies.
During the Powamu (Bean Planting) ceremonial cycle, celebrating the return of the kachina spirits, Wupamo runs throughout the plaza and uses branches of yucca to whip people away to make way for the procession of other kachina dancers.