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Most of our Kachina Dolls are made by Mike Sakiestewa, a Native Hopi from the village of Moenkopi, Az. He now lives in Laguna Pueblo, NM. He has been carving Kachina's for over 18 years. Hopi Kachina's are made from the root of cottonwood tree's. Mike will go out four wheeling to collect his wood from the banks of the Rio Puerco River east of Laguna. Mike's style of carving is unique as he loves to add weapons, tools and other objects to his "subjects".
Kachina Dolls of todays art market are a pathway not only between
the spiritual world and mortals but also between Hopis and non-Hopis.
Each year Kachinas come, they walk upon the earth and they dance to
bring life and renewal. When the Kachinas return to the spirit world
at the end of the planting, they return with prayers of the Hopi that
we might all continue on this earth for another round of the circle
The Hopi were the original Kachina Doll carvers, using a single piece of cottonwood root.
The Navajo began carving in their own creative way adding leather, feathers, beads, & turquoise.
Kachina Dolls are gifts given in hope of future abundance and health, as well as tools for education.
Represents strength and power. He is the ruler of the sky and the
messenger to the heavens.
DANCER: Amuses the audience of a major ceremony. The rings represent
the circle of life.
A beatutiful Kachina which represents happiness of a successful
White Ogre represents good. Black Ogre threatens children who are
Ancient Kachina, represents great power and knowledge.
MAIDEN: Said to purify the women who grind the corn for ceremonies
and other use.
MAN: Mixes herbs and roots to give advice, prevents and cures