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Hopi Pueblo Cottonwood Root Tunei-nili Katsina Doll - C3843H

Category: Kachina - Katsina | Posted by Adobe Gallery Team Member | Fri, Nov 4th 2016, 4:07pm

katsina Kachina Doll - C3843HTunei-nili is a Navajo-derived katsina.  He is the individual who looks after the Navajo or Tasap Katsinas and is usually called a side dancer for them.  He may not always appear with the Tasap, however.  He was inspired by the Navajo Rain Gods the Tone-nili, who appear on the sixth day of the Navajo Yeibichai Ceremony.  The name Tunei-nili Bitzai means "little wash" or "little river grandfather." He sometimes appears with the Velvet Shirt Katsinas also. 


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