This Kachina (Katsina) Doll was hand carved from the Cottonwood root. It is dressed in ceremonial hand painted leather, with rabbit fur, sea shells, and yarn.
Hand painted in beautiful turquoise and white colors. The head features wooden horns, rabbit fur and the traditional hand painted designs.
The Kachina carries a wooden bow in his left hand, and a ceremonial gourd in his right hand.
He stands 19.5" tall (including the wooden base), and 10" wide. He is very old, and the rabbit fur has turned gray.
Native American Kachina Dolls have sold for $800.00 to $50,000 to Collectors of Native American Art, and Museums, around the world.
The White Buffalo Dancer, Kocha Mosairu, is one of the Hopi Spirit Dancers. He is usually seen in the month of January, particularly in the Kiva Dances on the Second Mesa.
HISTORY OF THE KACHINA DOLL:
The Hopi Native Americans live in North Eastern Arizona on a group of flat mountains, called Mesas. Their ancestors were the "Anasazi" which means "Those who came before us".
Kachina Dolls (pronounced - kuh CHEE' nah) are not just created for the Hopi ceremonies, but also for artistic expression. Kachinas are messengers from the spirit world, and contain the power to bless crops, set laws, and watch over the Hopi people.
Kachinas can represent the spirit of a person, an animal, clouds, water, and many other things. When an ancient Hopi elder communes with the spirit world in his Kiva ceremonial room, he brings back messages for the tribe.
Kachina Dolls are hand carved from the Cottonwood root, in the Hopi Pueblo from late December to July, during the planting season. The root of the Cottonwood tree is very light, and sturdy. The Hopi artist begins with a rough log of Cottonwood root, and carves the basic shape of the Kachina. Then he carves the finer details of the doll. When finished, the Kachina is hand painted with traditional colors that are appropriate to the Kachina it represents. There are over 300 hundred different Kachinas, and the choice of color and detail is instrumental in the creation of each doll.
Ceremonies take place, where the men of the tribe dress as Kachina Spirits, and perform dances in hopes of bringing rain, an abundant crop, and good health to the tribe. At the ceremonies, the Kachina Dancers give gifts of Kachina Dolls to all the Hopi children, thus passing their traditions to the next generation.
Whether a Spiritual Guide, or a highly collectible Work of Art, the Kachina Doll is an important part of Hopi Native American History and Culture, and it's considered a Great Honour to be given one.
~ ANTIQUE! Native American Indian HOPI WHITE BUFFALO WARRIOR KACHINA Katsina DOLL 19.5" TALL ~
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