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Kachinas

A spirit being in western Puebloan religious beliefs, Kachinas are a central theme within a number of cultures including the Hopi and the Tewa Village on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona; and the Zuni, Acoma and Laguna Pueblos in New Mexico. Also called katchina, katcina, or katsina, these spirits, or personifications of things in the natural world, may represent anything from rain to crops, to various animals, stars, beloved ancestors, and even other Indian tribes. The word kachina derives from Hopi term kachi, which means "spirit father, life, or spirit."

There are more than 400 different kachinas in Hopi and Pueblo culture which vary from one pueblo community to another. Kachinas are expressed in three different ways -- the spiritual or supernatural deities; the masked dancers who represent kachinas at religious ceremonies; and kachina dolls or carvings.

Hopi Mask

Hopi Mask

Shalako Mana Kachina

Shalako Mana Kachina

Comanche Kachina

Comanche Kachina

Kachinas

Kachinas

Ahulani and Two Soyal Mana Kachinas

Ahulani and Two Soyal Mana Kachinas

Chakwaina Kachina

Chakwaina Kachina

Hawuqti Kachina

Hawuqti Kachina

Hehea Mana Kachina

Hehea Mana Kachina

Hokyana Kachina

Hokyana Kachina

Hopi Kachinas in Arizona

Hopi Kachinas in Arizona

Hone-tca-ka-tci Kachina

Hone-tca-ka-tci Kachina

Hututu Kachina

Hututu Kachina

Matia Kachina

Matia Kachina

Mountain Sheep Kachina

Mountain Sheep Kachina

Natacka Naamu - Ogre Father Kachina

Natacka Naamu - Ogre Father Kachina

Soyok Wuqti or Natacka Wuqti Kachina

Soyok Wuqti or Natacka Wuqti Kachina

Fish Kachina

Fish Kachina

Piptuka Kachina

Piptuka Kachina

Squash Kachina

Squash Kachina

Soyok Mana Kachina

Soyok Mana Kachina