Katsina (Kachina) – Hope Spirit Doll

Native American polychrome katsina, attrib. Duane Dishta (Zuni, 1946-2011) MITO TACO OF THE NEWEKWE SOCIETY, wood, fabric, feather

p4A ItemID F7947559
Native American polychrome wood katsina doll Hopi 'Hemis', circa 1960's, in the manner of Henry P. Shelton

p4A ItemID F7947558
Two Hopi carved and painted Kachina figures, signed Alban Mooya Jr. and Poleahi?

p4A ItemID F7947185
Harrison Jim (Dine, 20th century) Navajo Silver Cuff Bracelet with Channel Inlay, simple geometric and katsina face channel inlay design, inlaid with turquoise, coral and jet

p4A ItemID F7947138


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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