Kachina

DEFINITION

Any supernatural being important in the religion of the Hopi and Zuni Indians of Arizona, USA, represented in painted figurines (kachina dolls) and in costumes of ritual impersonators wearing masks and costumes. Also spelled katsina.(pr. kə-CHEE-nə or Kə-TSEE-nə)Examples:Zuni, Buffalo Kachina, c. 1875, wood, cloth, hide, fur, shell, feathers, horse hair, tin cones, Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM.Hopi, Spotted Kokosori, date unknown, carved and painted cottonwood root, feathers and string, Cranbrook Institute of Science. Hopi, Tocha, or Hummingbird Kachina, date unknown, carved and painted cottonwood root, University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology, Ann Arbour, MI. A Kachina of the Kiva Dances of winter and Soyohim Dances in the spring.

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