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Traditional Hopi Pueblo Chakwaina Katsina Doll - C4050J

Category: Kachina - Katsina | Posted by Adobe Gallery Team Member | Wed, Apr 4th 2018, 11:03am


Hopi Pueblo Katsina doll - C4050JThis katsina doll, probably from the 1950s, represents Chakwaina who appears most often in January during the Kiva Dances, dancing in a line with lively gestures, stooping and turning and singing a spirited tune. It has been said that Chakwaina represents Estevan the Moor, who led Fray Marcos de Niza in search of Cibola and was killed at Zuni. Barton Wright, the noted Katsina expert, said this is not likely because Chakwaina originally came from the Rio Grande Pueblos, migrated to Zuni, then to Hopi from Zuni.


Chakwaina appears at Hopi, Zuni and *Keresan Pueblos but not in New Mexico Tewa Pueblo ceremonies. Chakwaina is a warrior of great repute.


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