Katsina (Kachina) – Hope Spirit Doll

Eanger Irving Couse (American, 1866-1936) oil on canvas painting, The Kachina Maker, signed

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Hopi katsina doll, likely Badger Katsina

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Hopi Katsina doll attributed to Wilson Tawaquaptewa

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Hopi Hemis Maiden katsina by Jimmy Koots

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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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