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Cactus (Yungya) Kachina Doll by Alexander Youvella, Sr. (Hopi) SOLD

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Price: $350.00
SOLD - Please call us for more information
Item Number: MCGK0268

The Yungya, or Prickly Pear Cactus, kachina is easily identified by the cactus coming out the top of his mask. He has a blue crescent moon painted on his forehead, and crosses representing stars on his face and on his shoulders and forearms. He is carrying a bow in one hand and a staff with a piece of cactus attached in the other.

Central to the traditional religion of the Hopi people of the Northern Arizona are Kachinas. A Kachina (Katsinas) is a supernatural being relied upon to provide rain, fertility, health, and well being. While kachinas play a role in many of the Pueblo societies, the Hopi are most noted and prolific today in kachina doll carving. Each year in elaborate ceremonies, men of the Hopi villages dress and mask themselves for ritualized dances to represent and call on the different Kachinas. Kachina dolls are carved from cottonwood root and have long been used to instruct Hopi children in the ways of the traditional religious cycles, and to help them learn to identify the hundreds of different beings. The carvings convey the movement of the dancer, and the specific particulars of the mask, costume, and accessories. In addition to kachinas, Hopi artists also carve figures from Hopi mythology and folklore as well as other Pueblos dancers. To read more about arts of the Hopi, click here.

Height: 9.75", Width: 3.5", Depth: 2.75"

An additional $20 shipping fee will be applied at check out and will be marked as "handling" on your receipt. This item requires specialized packaging to ensure safe delivery.