Katsina (Kachina) – Hope Spirit Doll

A pair of watercolor paintings by Peter Shelton, each signed Hoyesva and dated 1963

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A Hopi Osokchina Cholla cactus katsina with polychrome paint

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Hopi polychrome carved wood kachina [katsina], "Making Thunder," on wood base

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

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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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