Katsina (Kachina) – Hope Spirit Doll

Hopi Wakas, Cow Katsina Doll, painted in white and black with a light hint of yellow detailing at skirt hem

p4A ItemID E8850525
Hopi Snake Dancer Katsina Doll

p4A ItemID E8850524
God of the Sky Katsina Doll, with a single horn on top of head painted with rain clouds

p4A ItemID E8850514
Hopi Katsina Doll, painted with remnants of red, white, and blue pigment

p4A ItemID E8850512


According to sources on the Hopi Reservation the correct spelling of these Hopi spirit dolls is katsina. The Hopi do not have the “ch” sound (church) in their language. The white man has, over time, changed the word in spelling and pronunciation to be Kachina (the Anglicized version). The Handbook of North American Indians uses the spelling “kachina.” Both examples appear in auction catalogues, and we attempt to use both examples in the database for ease of searching.

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