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kachina

(kəchē`nə), spirit of the invisible life forces of the PuebloPueblo,
name given by the Spanish to the sedentary Native Americans who lived in stone or adobe communal houses in what is now the SW United States. The term pueblo is also used for the villages occupied by the Pueblo.
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 of North America. The kachinas, or kachinam, are impersonated by elaborately costumed masked male members of the tribes who visit Pueblo villages the first half of the year. In a variety of ceremonies, they dance, sing, bring gifts to the children, and sometimes administer public scoldings. Although not worshiped, kachinas are greatly revered, and one of their main purposes is to bring rain for the spring crops. The term kachina also applies to cottonwood dolls made by the Hopi and Zuni that are exquisitely carved and dressed like the dancers. Originally intended to instruct the children about the hundreds of kachina spirits, the finer carvings have become collector's items. The name is also spelled katchina.
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Barton Wright, Hopi Kachinas: The Complete Guide to Collecting Kachina Dolls (Flagstaff, AZ: Northland Press, 1977), 52.
The Hopi Arts and Crafts Guild now has a membership of several hundred silversmiths, basketweavers, potters, textile workers and Kachina doll carvers.
The students could make a kachina doll that embodied what our class meant to them.
Surviving Kachina dolls are so accurate in their depiction of historic ceremonial dress that they continue to educate the next generations of Native American people and non-native students alike.
TRIBAL CELEBRATION: Kachina dolls, pottery, weavings and other forms of American Indian art will be represented by more than 100 artists this weekend at the Intertribal Marketplace at the Southwest Museum, 234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles.
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Backtrack 1/4 mile east on State 86 to Gu-Achi Trading Post, where manager Nancy Ramon straightens shelves of art from several tribes--there are Tohono O'odham baskets, Navajo jewelry, and Hopi kachina dolls.
Hopi artisans offer their Kachina dolls, pottery and jewelry for sale at the Ponsi Visitor Center and along the trail to the pueblo.
Readers will doubtless note comparisons and contrasts with the kachina dolls and the pottery traditions described in other chapters, but unfortunately this type of comparative analysis is not engaged in by any of the authors.
com) a leading auction and real estate company located in Bryan OH, is announcing today the liquidation of a large sports memorabilia collection including Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth,Mickey Mantle, Nolan Ryan, Maris, Willy Mays and others Baseball Cards, along with over 200 Barbie and Kachina dolls, cars, boats and more on Saturday August 5, 2000 at 10 A.
Apache basketry and Zuni and Hopi kachina dolls round out the Southwest display.
Outstanding examples of pottery, leather war bonnets, hide robes and kachina dolls counterpoint posters for western movies and children's games.