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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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(8.) Pearlstone, Katsina, 51--52, 128; Helga Teiwes, Kachina Dolls: The Art of Hopi Carvers (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1991), 94-96,129-30, 138-39.
"First and foremost," we were told, "kachina dolls are agents of Hopi education."
The Hopi Arts and Crafts Guild now has a membership of several hundred silversmiths, basketweavers, potters, textile workers and Kachina doll carvers.
We would make autograph books, with a picture of each student, and a kachina doll. I would explain that to the Hopi Indians, the doll's very form captured a powerful idea or feeling.
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.
Kachina dolls and totem poles most likely come to mind, but, for me, the celebration of Los Dias de los Muertos, the Mexican Days of the Dead, has much personal appeal.
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. But today's pickings are slim: Most of Ramon's inventory is on display at the fair.
Hopi artisans offer their Kachina dolls, pottery and jewelry for sale at the Ponsi Visitor Center and along the trail to the pueblo.
The dolls (commonly referred to as kachina dolls) represent benevolent spirits that play a large role in the culture of the Hopi, who live in northeastern Arizona.
Outstanding examples of pottery, leather war bonnets, hide robes and kachina dolls counterpoint posters for western movies and children's games.
My first thought was to have students create their own versions of the colorful Kachina dolls I had seen displayed.
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