Hopi, Arizona, USA
Squirrel kachina doll
Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments and feather
Height: 10 ¼ in. (26 cm)
Ex collection Elaine Lustig Cohen (1927-2016), New York
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 pedagogical tool allowing them to familiarize themselves with the spiritual world and perpetuating knowledge of the founding myths on which their society was based.