Katsina (Kachina) – Hope Spirit Doll

Augustine Pinto (Zuni, 1921-2000) Carved Mosaic Necklace featuring five different katsinas and clowns in raised mosaic inlay

p4A ItemID E8842918
Beverly Etsate (Zuni, 20th century) Carved Mosaic Bolo Tie using a variety of shells plus red coral, jet, and turquoise

p4A ItemID E8842916
Eddie Beyuka (Zuni, 1920-2002) Carved Inlay Ogre Katsina Bolo Tie

p4A ItemID E8842910
Tommy Singer (Dine, 1940-2014) Navajo Sterling Sterling Katsina Bolo Tie, hand-wrought and accented with yellow metal on mask

p4A ItemID E8842905


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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