Hopi, Arizona, USA
Carved by Hopi Chief
Wilson Tawaquaptewa, Oraibi (1873-1960)
Wood (cottonwood), natural pigments
Height: 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm)
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.