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    Antelope Kachina is hand carved & hand painted by Bryan Nasetoynewa.

  2. Cold Bringing Woman Hopi Kachina - HK11102

    Cold Bringing Woman Hopi Kachina - HK11102

    By Navajo Carver Tauchoney Slim

  3. Cow Kachina - HK12106

    Cow Kachina - HK12106

    by Hopi artist Bryan Lomes

  4. FA100 - Navajo Folk Art

    FA100 - Navajo Folk Art

    Navajo Handmade Folk Art by M. Begay

  5. Hemis Kachina by Adrian Nasafotie - HK12101

    Hemis Kachina by Adrian Nasafotie - HK12101

    By Hopi Carver Adrian Nasafotie

  6. HK10100 - Hopi Kachina Doll

    HK10100 - Hopi Kachina Doll

    Hopi Eagle Kachina Doll by Jimmy Segina

  7. HK10101 - Hopi Kachina doll

    HK10101 - Hopi Kachina doll

    Hopi Kachina Doll By G. Puhuyesva

  8. HK12113 - Angak'chin Mana

    HK12113 - Angak'chin Mana

    Angak'chin Mana Kachina

  9. HK12114 - Hopi Kachina

    HK12114 - Hopi Kachina

    By Cedric Honyumptewa

  10. HK15106 - Kokopelli Katsina Doll by Frankie Howard

    HK15106 - Kokopelli Katsina Doll by Frankie Howard


    Retail: $595.00

    Hopi Handcarved and Hand-painted Kokopelli Katsina Doll by Frankie Howard.

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The Native American Kachina dolls that we think of today are finely detailed woodcarvings depicting Hopi Kachina dolls and other Pueblo deities and sacred dancers. The Native American Indian Artisans of the Hopi Pueblo are known for their fine pueblo pottery and beautiful Indian baskets but as to the art of Kachina doll carving, only the Hopi have made the Kachina doll into the art form it is today. “Kachina” is a Hopi word with many meanings and is probably best defined as 'sacred' but it also describes the masked dancers of the Hopi acting as spirit messengers at ceremonies during certain parts of the year. The Kachinas perform the sacred rites of the kiva and bring blessings upon the Hopi people.

History of Kachina Dolls

The first Kachina dolls were not the elaborate carvings of today, but were simple flat dolls painted to accurately depict the deities they represented as a teaching tool for the children. Kachina dolls are still used for this purpose, but in the last century the Hopi Kachina doll has evolved into its own Native American art form exemplified by fine detail and craftsmanship in the carving and motion of the subject. The Hopi have opened the trail of fine wood carving for other tribes such as the Navajo whose woodcarvings are also represented here. Traditionally, Native American Kachina dolls have been a less expensive alternative to the Hopi doll, using cloth, fur, and feathers as a substitute for the full wood carving. These dolls are still available and are an affordable alternative, but there are now a handful of Navajo carvers doing all wood carvings of antique Kachina dolls as well as representations from Navajo religion and ceremony. These carvings are finely crafted and as valuable as some of the finest Hopi antique Kachina dolls, but only a Hopi doll, hand carved in cottonwood root, can be called a true Kachina.