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Shalako Mana Kachina

Shalako Mana - Also called Calako Mana and Giant Cloud Maiden is a Zuni kachina that towers seven or eight feet and usually appears with its mate. The Shalako, who are believed to have first arrived at Zuni around 1840 are the God's messengers and run back and forth all year long carrying messages, as well as bringing moisture and rain when needed. The Shalako Ceremony is performed in late November or early December and takes place after the crops are in. This ceremony is the most important event of the year for the Zuni Indians of New Mexico. These kachinas ask for rain, the propagation of plants and animals, and the health and well being of its participants.
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Shalako Mana Kachina