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Chakwaina Kachina

Also called Tcakwaina, this kachina appears in Hopi, Zuni, and Keresan ceremonies, but does not appear in Tewa ceremonies. Usually depicted as an ogre, with ferocious teeth and a black goatee and black mask with yellow eyes, it is often claimed that Chakwaina is a ceremonial representation of Estevanico, a Moroccan-born slave who led the first Spanish party to the Pueblo tribes as a scout for the expedition of Fray Marcos de Niza in 1539. Estevanico was said to have been killed by the Zuni. Although usually black, there are white or albino Chakwaina representations.
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Category:Artistic
Subcategory:Traditional
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Chakwaina Kachina