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Hopi Kachina Dolls

With a Key to Their Identification

Harold Sellers Colton (author)

ISBN: 9780826301802

Publication Date: May 1970

Format: Paperback

A Hopi Indian will tell you that a kachina is a supernatural being who is impersonated by a man wearing a mask. Small wooden dolls carved in the likenesses of the various kachinas are used to help teach Hopi children tribal religion and traditions. The late Dr Harold Colton identified 266 different kinds of kachina dolls, and in this book he describes the meaning, the making, and the principal features of each.
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A Hopi Indian will tell you that a kachina is a supernatural being who is impersonated by a man wearing a mask. Small wooden dolls carved in the likenesses of the various kachinas are used to help to teach Hopi children the tribal religion and traditions. Each child receives a doll made especially for him by his male relatives. He treasures the doll and studies it so that he can learn to recognised and respect the host of spirit kachinas that people the Hopi world. Kachinas are difficult to classify because different Hopi pueblos have different ideas about their appearance and their functions. The late Dr Harold Colton identified 266 different kinds of kachina dolls, and in this book he describes the meaning, the making, and the principal features of all of them.
Illustrations 47 photos and 266 line drawings
Pages 150
Date Published 30 May 1970
Publisher University of New Mexico Press
Subject/s Art of indigenous peoples   Needlework & fabric crafts   Carvings: artworks  
Harold S Colton

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